South China Morning Post: One-stop Hong Kong database portal planned by 2023 to ease information gathering and spur ‘smart city’ development . “For contractors planning to develop a piece of land in Hong Kong, it can be a nightmare trying to get hold of crucial data detailing what goes on underground. Information such as the locations and numbers of subterranean cables sits in the hands of private electricity companies, while public water and drainage pipes are managed by the government and gas pipes are overseen by the city’s main energy supplier, Towngas. But officials are hoping to shorten the painstaking process by building a one-stop portal to open up and centralise the data and help transform Hong Kong into a smart city.”
Radio Free Asia: China to Try Outspoken Nanjing Journalist For ‘Subversive’ Social Media Posts. “Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu are preparing to try an outspoken journalist for subversion in a Nanjing court, RFA has learned. Sun Lin, who also uses the online nickname Jie Mu, has been held under criminal detention for more than a year, and faces charges of ‘incitement to subvert state power,’ a source close to him said.”
Xinhua: China publishes world’s first big data journal on geoscience. “China has started publishing the world’s first big data journal on earth sciences, the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Tuesday. The journal, titled Big Earth Data, publishes research papers on big data related to the earth and encourages authors to store and share the data with the public.”
The Guardian: Hong Kong democracy activists urge UK to release unseen files. “The documents were transferred to the UK when Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 and include material on the region’s future after handover. Activists believe they could cast fresh light on current disputes and also fear that records on events that Beijing deems sensitive – such as deadly riots in 1967 – could otherwise be lost forever.”
Xinhua: China shuts “low-taste” celeb paparazzi social media accounts. “The Chinese authorities have ordered social media operators to close several high-profile accounts accused of spreading low-taste celebrity paparazzi content. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said Friday that the closure of accounts including ‘Zhuo Wei Fans Support Group’ and ‘All Celeb News Agency’ would be permanent.”
Radii China: Click-through: Online Archive of Chinese Rock Docs. “Interested in the history of Chinese rock’n’roll and have a couple of days to kill? Then I highly recommend you check out this extensive archive of documentaries on underground Chinese music, recently posted online by Hong Kong-based postdoc Nathanel Amar…” This is not so much an archive as a list, but it’s a much longer list than I would have thought and it’s annotated by someone who clearly loves the topic. Fear not, English subtitles abound. They’re not everywhere, but they’re enough places that this list is worth a visit.
China Daily: New translation database promotes Chinese literature overseas . “President Xi Jinping’s report at the 19th CPC National Congress attached great importance to the construction of China’s soft power and cultural confidence, which required a large number of eminent artistic figures to see literature and art thrive. To support contemporary Chinese literary talents and elevate the global influence of Chinese literature, the Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support Network (CCTSS) and Selected Stories magazine jointly initiated an international database of Chinese writers and works in Beijing, Jan 17.” I could not find an URL for this and didn’t have much luck Googling – I’m probably searching in the wrong language. Thus I’m not sure if this is a completed resource or an initiative launch.