The Diplomat: Social Media Exhibits Its Disruptive Power in Myanmar

The Diplomat: Social Media Exhibits Its Disruptive Power in Myanmar. “If the past two decades of foreign interventionism have taught us anything, it is that democracy cannot be imposed upon a nation unless it has the social, cultural, economic, and institutional architecture to enable it. The same should be said of democratic tools — including a free press, elections, and, of course, civic technologies. Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp were once hailed as disruptive forces set to empower, mobilize, and inform the voiceless in authoritarian states. After all, they were the catalysts behind the Arab Spring movement. But as we’re now seeing, technology’s ability to grow democracy depends wholly on our ability to wield it.”

Global Voices: Violence in Northwest Myanmar Sparks an Information War Online with Anti-Rohingya Hate Speech and Fake Photos

Global Voices: Violence in Northwest Myanmar Sparks an Information War Online with Anti-Rohingya Hate Speech and Fake Photos. “Myanmar’s internet exploded with hate speech, fake news photos, and racist narratives after the Myanmar military clashed with Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25, 2017, near the Bangladesh border in the northwestern part of the country. The violence lasted for days with the Myanmar government immediately declaring ARSA a terrorist group while launching aggressive ‘clearance operations’ in the villages of Rakhine state. The government and ARSA blamed each other for civilian casualties caused by the conflict.”

New Online: Pre-1958 Chinese Collection (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: Pre-1958 Chinese Collection. “The contents of the Asian Division’s Pre-1958 Chinese Collection, totaling more than 40,000 items, are now fully searchable through the Library’s online catalog in both Chinese characters and Romanized script…. Around 23,000 of the works in the collection—including 5,300 titles designated as rare books—were created before 1911, when the rule of China’s final imperial dynasty ended. Among these works are rare Song and Yuan dynasty editions (960–1368), including 11 Buddhist sutras and 6,000 volumes of Chinese and Tibetan works donated in 1915.”

Global Times: Shanghai establishes database of historic alleys

Global Times: Shanghai establishes database of historic alleys. “Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning and Land Resources recently said a second census on place names is proceeding throughout the city in order to better understand the histories behind the names of historic alleys and set up a database for further protection, thepaper.cn reported Wednesday.”

Tech.co: How Live Streaming Is Disrupting Asian Markets

Tech.co: How Live Streaming Is Disrupting Asian Markets. “The live streaming boom has certainly had a huge impact in the west. However, what many people may not know is that this trend is affecting Asian markets just as strongly, in fact more so. It is predicted that within the next year, it will be a $5 billion industry in China alone. What’s even more interesting is the fact that it isn’t exclusively the expected players, like YouTube and Periscope, that are conquering Asian markets. There’s plenty of disruption afoot. Let’s explore what’s impacting all of this.”

The Hindu: A birder gives wings to three centuries of South Asian ornithology

The Hindu: A birder gives wings to three centuries of South Asian ornithology. “Mr. [Aasheesh] Pittie has spent long and absorbed hours in them, poring over dusty journals for papers on birds. His little-known labour of love has resulted in … a bibliographic database with the mandate of indexing everything that has been published on the birds of South Asia in the printed or electronic form since the mid-eighteenth century onward, made searchable with keywords.”

New Archive of Peace Corps Volunteer Photography From Nepal, 1962-1975

NepaliTimes: All our yesterdays. “Doug Hall was a PCV in Nepal in 1968-1969. A few years ago he digitised some of his old Nepal photos and posted them on Facebook. A few Nepalis commented that he should preserve those photos because they had historic importance. He then realised that hundreds of PCVs from the early years also had photos that should be preserved. His wife Kate Rafferty Hall was also a PCV in Nepal, and together they began a project to collect, digitise and catalog as many Nepal photos from the 1962-1975 period as possible.”