Central Asia: Database tracks authoritarians’ long arm (Eurasianet)

Not new, but new-to-me. Eurasianet: Central Asia: Database tracks authoritarians’ long arm. “The database, now in its second edition, draws on publicly available information, such as media reports and archives. It currently includes 255 individuals, among them former regime insiders, secular opposition figures, banned clerics, alleged religious extremists, journalists, civil society activists and relatives of exiled individuals who have been persecuted for the actions of family members.”

Geeks in Cambodia: Finding The Value In Facebook Page “Likes”

Geeks in Cambodia: Finding The Value In Facebook Page “Likes” . “Facebook’s dominance of digital marketing is truly impressive. Since its launch in 2004, the social media platform has grown to dictate how people across the world use the internet; in countries like Cambodia, where Facebook is the internet for many people, almost half of the population use Facebook on a daily basis for news, entertainment and communication. Little wonder then that marketers and brands have piled on to the platform to attract new customers and increase sales. Yet does marketing to Facebook, and chasing page ‘likes’ make sense for a brand or startup to grow your sales or spread your message? Geeks in Cambodia decided to take a look into the role that Facebook plays for its some 7 million active users in Cambodia, and how to best utilise the influential platform to boost digital marketing efforts.”

Philippine News Agency: Aquatic news index now available online

Philippine News Agency: Aquatic news index now available online. “A news index on aquatic and marine related news is now available online with the efforts of the library staff of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center-Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD). The Aquatic News Index (ANI), which is being maintained by the SEAFDEC-AQD library, contains aquatic science-related newspaper articles. In an interview Monday, Data Bank Senior Information Assistant Stephen B. Alayon said they will index all publications in newspapers, starting with Business Mirror, Business World, Malaya, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star.”

Xinhuanet: Kenya hails collaboration with China to preserve cultural, natural heritage

Xinhuanet: Kenya hails collaboration with China to preserve cultural, natural heritage. “Kenya on Tuesday hailed a robust collaboration with China to promote the preservation of the East African nation’s cultural and natural heritage. Hassan Noor Hassan, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) at the Ministry of Sports and Heritage, said Nairobi is already benefiting from the partnership with China to help conserve the country’s rich culture and biodiversity.”

Xinhuanet: Library alliance along Silk Road boosts common development

Xinhuanet: Library alliance along Silk Road boosts common development. “More than 20 libraries from countries and regions along the Silk Road organized into an alliance Monday to cooperate on document sharing, classics protection and digitalization. Initiated by the National Library of China (NLC), the alliance has the first batch of 24 members from countries and regions such as Bangladesh, Belarus, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam.”

TheNewsLens: Data, Propaganda and Cambridge Analytica in Taiwan

TheNewsLens: Data, Propaganda and Cambridge Analytica in Taiwan. “Look down any Taipei Metro car during rush hour, and it is immediately obvious that Facebook is a fact of daily life in Taiwan; 77 percent of the country claims to use the service, according to data-analysis firm Statista, among the highest penetration rates in the world. But with great penetration comes great responsibility, and research conducted by The News Lens suggests data on Taiwan’s citizens has been widely harvested by private and government entities.”