Wired: Inside Baidu’s Bid To Lead The AI Revolution . “Presumably, Robin Li wanted attention last summer when he decided to launch Baidu’s bid for the future of self-driving cars from the front seat of a car that was driving itself. He wanted to draw attention to Apollo, the company’s new set of artificial intelligence-driven tools, which Li hopes will come to power vehicles everywhere. Having launched China’s dominant search engine, Li is a celebrity in his home country. But even Li didn’t anticipate the amount of attention he would get.”
US News & World Report: German Intelligence Unmasks Alleged Covert Chinese Social Media Profiles. “Germany’s intelligence service has published the details of social network profiles which it says are fronts faked by Chinese intelligence to gather personal information about German officials and politicians. The BfV domestic intelligence service took the unusual step of naming individual profiles it says are fake and fake organizations to warn public officials about the risk of leaking valuable personal information via social media.”
China Daily: Judicial case database goes online. “A judicial database, which aims to improve legal services for residents, was put online on Thursday, China’s top court said. The database, designed and operated by a legal research institute under the Supreme People’s Court, collects judicial data from 3,523 courts nationwide, including how many cases judges handle and what kind of cases a court hears most, and updates the information every five minutes, according to a statement from the top court.”
New York Times: Vietnam Wants to Control Social Media? Too Late.. “The government cites growing concerns over cybersecurity and fake news as reasons to exert more control over social-media platforms. But internet access has also served as an outlet for political activism and exposés denouncing corruption and government misconduct. Vietnam has one of the highest rates of social-media usage among countries with comparable per capita incomes. There are about 52 million Facebook active accounts here, for a population of about 96 million. Google and YouTube also are very popular.” Tons of links in this article.
IJNet: Understanding social media in China. “Earlier this month, Tencent became the first Chinese tech giant to be valued at over $500 billion. This ranked the company, which owns the popular messaging service WeChat, ahead of Facebook. Tencent’s new status means that it’s now world’s fifth most valuable tech company (based on market value), behind Apple, Alphabet (Google), Microsoft and Amazon. As the creative agency We Are Social has shown, China is home to some of the world’s largest social and messaging networks. Yet, outside of the region, often little is known about these platforms.”
ECNS: Cybersleuths can help find lost relics. “Website lets public view images, details to locate historic artifacts China’s national internet platform featuring information about lost or stolen cultural relics went online on Thursday in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province. Its goal is to return home listed national treasures.”
ECNS: China digitizes historical Mongolian books. “Chinese researchers have launched several digital archive projects to preserve a number of historical Mongolian books. Engraved on wood, a rare Mongolian version of the Tibetan Buddhist classic ‘Kangyur’ has been scanned and photographed to make a digital copy, according to Qi Jinyu, deputy head of the Mongolian language and literature working group. Published in 1720, the woodcut copy has 109 volumes and 50 million words. Its electronic edition is now available online.”