Sociable: Facial recognition is the new polygraph test for insurers

Sociable: Facial recognition is the new polygraph test for insurers. “Insurance companies in Asia are beginning to use facial recognition to record client interviews, so they can spot when customers are lying. Beyond the obvious positive consequence of a reduction in fraud, who will actually benefit and is there potential for over-reach?”

CNN: Telegram reports powerful cyberattack from China during Hong Kong protests

CNN: Telegram reports powerful cyberattack from China during Hong Kong protests. “Encrypted messaging platform Telegram said it experienced a ‘powerful’ cyberattack on Wednesday during massive protests in Hong Kong. The attempted distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack was aimed at flooding the app with so much traffic that it impaired normal service.”

China social media: WeChat and the Surveillance State (BBC)

BBC: China social media: WeChat and the Surveillance State. “China’s WeChat is a site for social interaction, a form of currency, a dating app, a tool for sporting teams and deliverer of news: Twitter, Facebook, Googlemaps, Tinder and Apple Pay all rolled into one. But it is also an ever more powerful weapon of social control for the Chinese government.”

Just Launched: #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive (Columbia University Libraries)

Columbia University Libraries: Just Launched: #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive, comprised of captured website content from women’s organizations and individuals in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Curated by Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian at Columbia University, and Xiao-He Ma, Librarian for the Chinese Collection at Harvard University, the archive aims to systematically archive and preserve web content related to the #MeToo movement and women’s rights activities in the Greater China Region, so that scholars and students will be able to continuously be able to access these important, and potentially ephemeral, materials.”

South China Morning Post: How Chinese universities are trapping academic copycats

South China Morning Post: How Chinese universities are trapping academic copycats. “Students at Hunan University of Technology in central China get two chances. From May, each undergraduate has two opportunities to check their final dissertation with an online database to see how much of each paper’s content is copied from existing publications.”