Xinhua: China Focus: Digital archiving preserves Tibetan Buddhist artwork. “In the morning, researchers and monks gather in front of a hall in Sakya Monastery, the earliest monastery of the Sakya Sect of the Tibetan Buddhism. They go through the security checks and enter the hall, which is designated as a work area for the second round of a digital archive project which was launched in September…. The project aims to archive 26 types of artifacts in the Sakya Monastery, Tibet Autonomous Region.”
Bloomberg: Fake News Isn’t Just for U.S. as China Gets Billions of Claims. “It turns out the Chinese have a problem with fake news too. From Facebook’s Alex Stamos to Steve Ballmer, American tech executives have sought in recent days to dispel the notion there’s a swift solution to the proliferation of spurious or insidious information on the internet, a phenomenon critics say wields an outsized and unhealthy influence on public discourse and elections. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Baidu Inc. President Zhang Yaqin says China faces similar challenges, despite operating one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated online surveillance machines.”
New York Times: Facebook Blocks Chinese Billionaire Who Tells Tales of Corruption. “A Chinese billionaire living in virtual exile in New York, Guo Wengui has riled China’s leaders with his sometimes outlandish tales of deep corruption among family members of top Communist Party officials. On Saturday, his tales proved too much for one of his favorite platforms for broadcasting those accusations: Facebook.”
AFP by way of The Independent (Uganda): China’s Baidu, police crack down on ‘rumours’. “Chinese internet giant Baidu has teamed up with the country’s cyber police to control the spread of rumors and fake news, the company said Thursday, as authorities continue to tighten censorship ahead a major Communist Party congress next month. Baidu, known as China’s answer to Google, said artificial intelligence tools would monitor and identify ‘rumours’ on its services — search engine, forums and blogs — on a system linked to around 370 registered police agencies around the country.”
The Next Web: China: all your WeChat data are belong to us!. “WeChat is the most popular messaging service in China, it’s the local equivalent to WhatsApp or Messenger. It proposes an alternative to the mainstream messaging service regularly blocked in the country. The terms indicate the app will now expose personal information such as name, contacts, email address and even location if users have chosen to share it with the service.”
China.org.cn: English edition of Digital Dunhuang officially launched . “The goal of Digital Dunhuang is to pool massive amounts of data related to the Dunhuang Caves, famous for their grottoes with ancient wall paintings, that have already been available or will be in the near future, including images, videos, and archaeological and protection materials. Based on more than 20 years of arduous work in digitalizing the artworks, Digital Dunhuang is a large and integrated digital resource and service platform for Dunhuang wall paintings and research results.” Strangely the story does not link to the new resource. I believe it’s at http://www.e-dunhuang.com/index.htm . Please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong.
India Times: China bans use of anti-Islam words on social media. “‘Islamophobic’ terms used by Chinese internet users to stigmatize Muslims have been blocked by authorities to prevent bias against Islam, official media reported on Thursday. China has over 21 million Muslims mostly the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and Hui community in Ningxia province, according to unofficial accounts.”