The Sixth Tone: Online Database Maps China’s Last Undisturbed Forests

The Sixth Tone: Online Database Maps China’s Last Undisturbed Forests. “China’s old-growth forests are vital to biodiversity but also under threat, say the organizations behind a new database aimed at protecting them. Wuhan University and Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA) launched Nature Guardian, a website that maps and monitors forests, nature reserves, and more, on Tuesday, the International Day of Forests.” I can’t find an option to see the site in English and Chrome does not offer to translate, which is a shame because most news coverage of China I see is about urban areas. It’s a shock to learn that China’s old-growth forests cover almost 158,000 square kilometers.)

TechCrunch: Pinterest is now blocked in China

TechCrunch: Pinterest is now blocked in China. “China has blocked one of the few Western social media sites that had remained accessible to its population: Pinterest. The site has followed the example of Facebook, Twitter and many others after the photo sharing site was blocked in China, according to data from censorship monitoring organization GreatFire.”

China Daily: Chinese search engine operators fined for false internet ads

China Daily: Chinese search engine operators fined for false internet ads. “China’s two leading search engine operators, Baidu and Sogou, were fined on Thursday for their negligence in publishing unchecked advertising for unlicensed medical services and private companies. The fines were issued by the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Bureau on charges of publishing false and illegal advertisements.”

University of Michigan Launches new Digital Archive – Pioneers of Chinese Dance

The University of Michigan have announced a new digital archive: The Pioneers of Chinese Dance. “In most cases, the photographs were scanned directly from dancers’ personal photo albums in their homes in China. The original hard-copy photos remain with their owners. This is an original collection that includes many photographs never before published or made publicly available. English-language metadata, which include biographical narratives and information gathered from historical sources and oral history interviews, have been created for each item in the archive, and photos will be available for reproduction in academic publications to encourage future scholarship.”

CCTV: Joint efforts to make ancient books available online

CCTV: Joint efforts to make ancient books available online. “Gone are the days when you had to make a trip to the local library to borrow and then return a book. A joint effort made by five libraries in China have uploaded a large bunch of ancient books onto the internet. Now by clicking a mouse, you can read as much as 24,000 time-honored books of various categories. The National Library of China, Shanghai Library, Tianjin Library, Zhejiang Library and Yunnan Library unveiled their latest batch of ancient books available on their websites.”

The Guardian: Chinese official calls for easing of internet censorship

Whoa! From The Guardian: Chinese official calls for easing of internet censorship. “China’s sprawling internet censorship regime is harming the country’s economic and scientific progress, a senior official has said in a rare public rebuke of longstanding Communist party policy. Internet restrictions had also cooled enthusiasm among overseas investors and should be relaxed for politically innocuous content, said Luo Fuhe, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the top advisory body to China’s rubber-stamp parliament.”