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.”

Digital News Asia: Over 7.3mil #GE14 tweets; sets new twitter election record for Malaysia

Digital News Asia: Over 7.3mil #GE14 tweets; sets new twitter election record for Malaysia. “WITH more than 7.3 million Tweets related to the Malaysia Election #GE14 during the 1.5 week campaign period (from 28 April to 9 May, 2018), Twitter was the best place to see what’s happening in Malaysian politics and to talk about it. From breaking news to conversations with political parties, candidates, journalists, and citizens, Twitter was where people across Malaysia and the world tuned in to watch the #MalaysiaElection unfold live in real-time and buzz over hot election topics and developments.”

Bangkok Post: Surge in anonymous Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears

Bangkok Post: Surge in anonymous Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears. “It has been being jokingly referred to as ‘Botmageddon’. But a surge in new, anonymous Twitter accounts across swathes of Southeast and East Asia has deepened fears the region is in the throes of US-style mass social media manipulation.”

Foreign Policy: Asia’s Authoritarians Are Big Fans of Regulating Facebook

Foreign Policy: Asia’s Authoritarians Are Big Fans of Regulating Facebook. “A few days after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, a Facebook representative was already being grilled on the company’s trustworthiness before a Singaporean select committee. The company’s vice president of public policy for the Asia-Pacific, Simon Milner, confirmed that, if the courts ordered it, the company would remove ‘falsehoods’ that had been ‘defined as illegal.’ But just who gets to decide what constitutes an ‘illegal falsehood’ is a worrying question. The social media, with its power and reach, has reshaped Southeast Asian politics — but it’s also handed a new tool to potential authoritarians as they look to define truth and falsehood online.”