South China Morning Post: Hong Kong protests: former RTHK journalist Bao Choy to appeal conviction over database search, fearing lifelong regret if she gives up ‘pursuit of justice’

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong protests: former RTHK journalist Bao Choy to appeal conviction over database search, fearing lifelong regret if she gives up ‘pursuit of justice’. “A former journalist at Hong Kong’s public broadcaster is appealing against her conviction for improperly accessing public records during the making of a documentary critical of how police handled a 2019 mob attack, saying letting the case go now would be a source of lifelong regret.”

The Standard (Hong Kong): RTHK plan to delete content spurs online push

The Standard (Hong Kong): RTHK plan to delete content spurs online push. “People online are discussing plans to back up [Radio Television Hong Kong] programs after the public broadcaster said it will delete content that is more than a year old from its YouTube and Facebook. They called on others to download their favorite RTHK programs and reupload them to another platform, with some even providing step-by-step tutorials teaching others how to download programs from YouTube.”

Bloomberg: China Deletes Social Media Posts Mocking India Amid Backlash

Bloomberg: China Deletes Social Media Posts Mocking India Amid Backlash. “Photos of the Tianhe module launch and its fuel burn-off were compared with what appeared to be a mass outdoor cremation in India, and captioned ‘China lighting a fire versus India lighting a fire.’ The post on Saturday by the Communist Party’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission on its official Sina Weibo account was accompanied by a hashtag noting that new Covid-19 cases in India had surpassed 400,000 a day.”

South China Morning Post: China makes ‘world’s largest satellite image database’ to train AI better

South China Morning Post: China makes ‘world’s largest satellite image database’ to train AI better. “A satellite imaging database containing detailed information of more than a million locations has been launched in China to help reduce artificial intelligence’s errors when identifying objects from space, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said on Wednesday. The fine-grained object recognition in high-resolution remote sensing imagery (FAIR1M) database was tens or even hundreds of times larger than similar data sets used in other countries, it said.”

SHINE: China releases online database of lunar samples

SHINE: China releases online database of lunar samples. “Researchers and the public can access the Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Scientific Data and Sample Release System via the website … The Chang’e-5 probe, which returned to Earth on December 17, 2020, retrieved a total of 1,731 grams of lunar samples, mainly rocks and soil from the lunar surface.”

AppleDaily: Brit builds online archive of Hong Kong’s colonial history

New-to-Me, from AppleDaily: Brit builds online archive of Hong Kong’s colonial history . “‘Gwulo: Old Hong Kong’ has over 34,000 articles and 20,000 historic photos, spanning from the British annexation of Hong Kong in 1842 until the handover to China in 1997. The site covers the Japanese occupation during the Second World War, the history of local districts and even the evolution of streetlight. It has attracted a massive following of history fans from across the globe.”

BBC: US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups

BBC: US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups. “The US has blacklisted seven Chinese groups it accuses of building supercomputers to help its military. It is the first move by the Biden administration to make it harder for China to obtain US technology On Thursday, three companies and four branches of China’s National Supercomputing Center were added to the US blacklist.”

The Diplomat: How Will China’s Sovereign Digital Currency Affect Fintech?

The Diplomat: How Will China’s Sovereign Digital Currency Affect Fintech?. “China’s sovereign digital currency is still in the testing phase, but has caused speculation about what effect it will have on fintech. Some experts have asserted that the digital currency will crowd out payment methods WeChat Pay and Alipay. Others have stated that China’s sovereign digital currency will boost the fintech industry overall since it is electronic. So, how can we reasonably predict will the effect of the digital currency will be on China’s fintech industry?”

Quartz: With a Google spreadsheet, a web sleuth tracks the comments that get people jailed in China

New-to-me, from Quartz: With a Google spreadsheet, a web sleuth tracks the comments that get people jailed in China. “…since October 2019, a young web sleuth surnamed Wang has been creating a database of cases in which people were punished for online or offline comments critical of the central government. Based on media reports and court records, Wang has documented nearly 2,000 speech crimes in a public Google spreadsheet, arguably one of the few comprehensive records of these ‘crimes’ in China. Censorship makes finding information on such cases a challenge, and the risks associated with creating a database like Wang’s are a deterrent for most.”

The Diplomat: Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media

The Diplomat: Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media. “When China-linked networks of social media bots and trolls appeared on the global disinformation scene in 2019, most analysts concluded that their impact and reach were fairly limited, particularly in terms of engagement by real users and relative to more sophisticated actors in this realm, like the Russian regime. As many China watchers anticipated, that assessment now seems to be changing.”

Shine: Weaving new life into Dunhuang’s ancient artwork

Shine: Weaving new life into Dunhuang’s ancient artwork. “Along with renowned murals, a number of silk paintings and textiles were buried in the grottoes throughout history. These fragile textiles were gradually brought to light in recent decades but required professional restoration. This month, the Dunhuang Academy signed an agreement with the China National Silk Museum, the nation’s largest silk history research organization, to participate in the restoration process and conduct research on unearthed silk antiques.”

Protocol: Beijing sours on facial recognition, unless it’s the one doing it

Protocol: Beijing sours on facial recognition, unless it’s the one doing it . “Hundreds of thousands of surveillance cameras throughout China have been hoovering up facial recognition data without notifying the people attached to the faces. Now, the companies behind the tech are finally under the microscope after a blistering recent exposé — one carried by a major mouthpiece for Beijing, the same government known for its own untrammeled intrusions into private life.”

UC San Diego Health: Novel Coronavirus Circulated Undetected Months before First COVID-19 Cases in Wuhan, China

UC San Diego Health: Novel Coronavirus Circulated Undetected Months before First COVID-19 Cases in Wuhan, China. “Using molecular dating tools and epidemiological simulations, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at the University of Arizona and Illumina, Inc., estimate that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was likely circulating undetected for at most two months before the first human cases of COVID-19 were described in Wuhan, China in late-December 2019.”

AP: Facebook finds Chinese hacking operation targeting Uyghurs

AP: Facebook finds Chinese hacking operation targeting Uyghurs. “Hackers in China used fake Facebook accounts and impostor websites to try to break into the computers and smartphones of Uyghur Muslims, the social network said Wednesday. The company said the sophisticated, covert operation targeted Uyghur activists, journalists and dissidents from China’s Xinjiang region, as well as individuals living in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the U.S., Syria, Australia, Canada and other nations.”