Eugene Yu Konnech to China on hongzhengtech.cn and yu-lian.cn
Why was the website for the Chinese Communist Party's premier voting technology company registered to firstname.lastname@example.org?
Eugene Yu, the CEO of the U.S. election software company Konnech, was arrested on Tuesday after investigators allegedly found U.S. poll workers’ information stored on servers in the People’s Republic of China.
Two weeks before Yu’s arrest, Konnech added an "election misinformation advisory" to its website to combat "false and malicious claims" being made about the company.
The company blamed “ignorance, racism and xenophobia” for the allegation that Konnech was “affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party.”
"Neither Eugene Yu nor Konnech have ever had any association with the Chinese Communist Party," the company stated.
In that same advisory, the U.S. election software company acknowledged, “Konnech formed a research and development subsidiary in China, Jinhua Konnech, in 2005….”
Two days later, Konnech filed a defamation lawsuit against TrueTheVote, a Texas-based non-profit election integrity organization.
“To set the record straight, neither Konnech, nor its founder and CEO, have any affiliation with the Chinese Communist Party,” Konnech’s lawyer claimed in the civil complaint.
“Konnech is not used by the Chinese Communist Party for any purpose, whatsoever.”
Before Eugene Yu’s arrest, a New York Times reporter named Stuart Thompson confirmed that “Konnech once owned Jinhua Yulian Network Technology, a subsidiary out of China, where programmers developed and tested software.”
Eugene Yu, also known as Jianwei Yu (于建伟), established Jinhua Yulian Network Technology (金华宇联网络科技有限公司) in Zhejiang, China, on November 29, 2005.
Yulian Network’s website "yu-lian.cn” was registered to email@example.com on February 25, 2006.
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Contrary to Konnech’s claim that the company has never “had any association with the Chinese Communist Party,” Konnech’s subsidiary Yulian Network has bid on government contracts to provide electronic voting systems to China’s National People’s Congress.
On July 24, 2017, Yulian Network came in third place on a bid for a government contract in Henan Province, China, to provide the “electronic voting system” for the “Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Tangyin County.”
The company bid 54,800 yuan and lost the contract to another Chinese election software company named Jinhua Hongzheng Technology (金华鸿正科技有限公司).
Jinhua Hongzheng Technology is the premier voting technology provider for China’s National People’s Congress.
With more than 200 employees, Hongzheng Technology is partnered with Lenovo, Huawei, China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile.
Contrary to Konnech’s claim that the company has never “had any association with the Chinese Communist Party,” Konnech registered “hongzhengtech.cn” for Hongzheng Technology to firstname.lastname@example.org on July 31, 2015.
As a result, Konnech had core control over Hongzheng Technology’s website—a company that operates in more than 20 provinces across China providing voting technology for the National People’s Congress.
Furthermore, Hongzheng Technology says on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, that “its predecessor "Jinhua Yulian Network Technology Co., Ltd." (Konnech., Ltd) was established in November 2005.”
On that same Weibo page, Hongzheng Technology features Chinese characters scrawled below the official seals of; Washington D.C., Loudoun County, Virginia, Detroit, Michigan, St. Louis, Missouri, Prince William County, Virginia, St. Charles County, Missouri, Hillsborough County, Florida, Edmonton, Alberta, Regina, Saskatchewan, and the State of Montana.
You can find the same seals on a 2016 archived version of konnech.com.
Although, Mr. Yu posted the seals on Konnech's website without the Chinese characters.
Hongzheng Technology provides a partial list of the provinces, counties, townships, and municipalities of the National People’s Congress, to which it provides voting technology on its website hongzhengtech.cn:
Contrary to Konnech’s claim that the company has never “had any association with the Chinese Communist Party,” on December 25, 2017, Yulian Network lost another bid on a Chinese government contract to its successor Hongzheng Technology.
This time, Hongzheng Technology bid 419,700 yuan to provide an “electronic voting system” for the “People’s Congress of Pengyang County.”
Hongzheng Technology won the contract with 82.00, and Yulian Network finished second with a score of 80.73.
In an archived version of "yu-lian.cn", Konnech CEO Eugene Yu praised the vision of the former Chinese President, who he called “Comrade Jiang Zemin.”
On that same website, Yu boasted about his success with “Election Management Solutions Detroit” and “U.S. Overseas Voters,” as he wrote in Chinese:
“In line with the principle of "political tasks first and economic benefits of enterprises second," our company has perfected and formed the whole set of election management theory and software tools in line with China's national conditions.”
“We hope to ride on the spring breeze of political reform and provide you with election consulting services and election campaign management in line with China's national conditions based on our democratic election campaigns with Chinese characteristics.”
On September 17, 2018, Yulian Network again lost a bid to Hongzheng Technology for a government contract.
Yulian Network bid 329500 yuan to provide a "voting system" to the "People's Congress of Hecheng District" in Huaihua City, China.
Now, please turn on a VPN and open up hongzhengtech.cn.
Use your web browser to translate the page into English and check out the website.
Ask yourself—why was the website for the Chinese Communist Party's premier voting technology company registered to email@example.com?
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