China: The patriotic ‘ziganwu’ bloggers who attack the West (BBC)

BBC: China: The patriotic ‘ziganwu’ bloggers who attack the West. “Guyanmuchan is among a new crop of bloggers known as the ‘ziganwu’, whose rise in fame on Chinese social media has been inextricably linked with the ascendancy of Chinese nationalism. Their name refers to the infamous ‘wumao’ army of trolls who are paid to spread state propaganda – but the difference is that the ‘ziganwu’ do it for free.”

Google Blog: Walk the Great Wall of China

Google Blog: Walk the Great Wall of China. “Today, in collaboration with renowned Great Wall expert Dong Yaohui and curators from Gubei Water Town, Google Arts & Culture presents a new theme page enabling people to visit the Great Wall virtually. ‘Walk the Great Wall of China’ includes an exclusive 360-degree virtual tour of one of the best-preserved sections, 370 images of the Great Wall in total, and 35 stories that dive into fascinating architectural details. It’s a chance for people to experience parts of the Great Wall that might otherwise be hard to access, learn more about its rich history, and understand how it’s being preserved for future generations.”

Brookings Institution: Worsening global digital divide as the US and China continue zero-sum competitions

Brookings Institution: Worsening global digital divide as the US and China continue zero-sum competitions. “At this critical juncture, it has become even more essential to examine the urgent challenges that the world confronts and to engage in global cooperation instead of devolving into constant contention and confrontation. One of the most urgent tasks for the international community is to overcome growing digital divides.”

Associated Press: Africa internet riches plundered, contested by China broker

Associated Press: Africa internet riches plundered, contested by China broker. “Millions of internet addresses assigned to Africa have been waylaid, some fraudulently, including through insider machinations linked to a former top employee of the nonprofit that assigns the continent’s addresses. Instead of serving Africa’s internet development, many have benefited spammers and scammers, while others satiate Chinese appetites for pornography and gambling. New leadership at the nonprofit, AFRINIC, is working to reclaim the lost addresses. But a legal challenge by a deep-pocketed Chinese businessman is threatening the body’s very existence.”

Ubergizmo: China Announces Plans To Regulate Algorithms Tech Companies Use

Ubergizmo: China Announces Plans To Regulate Algorithms Tech Companies Use. “A lot of technology today relies on algorithms. We can see this in social media where posts from people we interact with more tend to be shown at the top. This is under the assumption that since we interact with it, we want to see more of it. Then we also see how algorithms are used to help display relevant ads while shopping. All of this is designed in a way to get us to spend more time or more money on a platform, but apparently that’s something China’s government doesn’t want. So much so that the Cyberspace Administration of China has announced that in the next three years, they want to set up governance rules for algorithms that tech companies use to attract users.”

Hong Kong Free Press: 1989 Tiananmen Massacre online museum blocked in Hong Kong, three weeks after police raid physical site

Hong Kong Free Press: 1989 Tiananmen Massacre online museum blocked in Hong Kong, three weeks after police raid physical site. “The online ‘June 4th Museum,’ preserving the memory of Beijing’s bloody crackdown on protesters in 1989, has become inaccessible via several of Hong Kong’s major telecom providers. It comes less than two months after the site was first launched and three weeks after police confiscated exhibits at a separate, real-life museum in Hong Kong.”

CNET: China’s central bank declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

CNET: China’s central bank declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal. “According to the notice, Beijing will ban all financial institutions, payment companies and internet platforms from enabling cryptocurrency trading. In addition, China’s central bank is seeking to target foreign exchanges, declaring ‘the provision of services by overseas virtual currency exchanges to Chinese residents through the internet’ to be illegal.”

Hong Kong Free Press: Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge after security law was enacted

Hong Kong Free Press: Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge after security law was enacted. “Google has provided user data to the Hong Kong government in response to three requests made between July and December last year, making it the first US tech giant to disclose its compliance with requests from the local authorities for user data after the national security law was enacted last June.”

Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands

Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands. “A rare find in the British National Archives may provide another piece of evidence discrediting China’s claim of historic rights to the disputed Paracel archipelago in the South China Sea. After months of scouring the archives, British journalist-turned-scholar Bill Hayton came across a semi-official document indicating that until the late Qing Dynasty, Chinese authorities still didn’t consider the Paracel Islands part of China’s territory.”

South China Morning Post: Chinese social media firms and streaming platforms promise to back crackdown on celebrity culture by removing content that fuels fan fights

South China Morning Post: Chinese social media firms and streaming platforms promise to back crackdown on celebrity culture by removing content that fuels fan fights. “Chinese social media and streaming platforms have promised to remove content that triggers fights by obsessive fans as part of a broader crackdown on celebrity culture. The China Association of Performing Arts, a semi-official industry body, said on Saturday that social media platforms such as Weibo, Douyin and Xiaohongshu, along with video-streaming platforms Bilibili and Tencent Video, had agreed to remove posts and comments that generated animosity between rival fan groups.”

CNN: Pro-China misinformation operation attempting to exploit US Covid divisions, report says

CNN: Pro-China misinformation operation attempting to exploit US Covid divisions, report says. “A pro-Chinese government online influence operation is targeting Americans in an effort to exploit divisions over the Covid-19 pandemic and ‘physically mobilize protestors in the US in response,’ according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Mandiant and experts at Google.”