KrAsia: [Tuning In] Peter Bol on creating the China Biological Database and the power of digital humanities

New-to-me, from KrAsia: [Tuning In] Peter Bol on creating the China Biological Database and the power of digital humanities . “Professor Bol directs the China Biographical Database project, which is maintained by Harvard University, Academia Sinica, and Peking University. This online relational database currently contains some 350,000 historical figures and is being expanded to include all biographical data in China’s historical records from the last 2,000 years.”

Tohoku University: Digitized Works from Kokichi Kano Collection Now Open to General Public

Tohoku University: Digitized Works from Kokichi Kano Collection Now Open to General Public. “The Kano Collection was brought to Tohoku University through the efforts of Masataro Sawayanagi, the university’s first president and Kano’s close friend. It consists of about 108,000 books, most of which are Japanese and Chinese classics covering a variety of fields such as literature, philosophy, science, art and the military.” 232 works have been digitized and are now available online.

The Guardian: China has built 380 internment camps in Xinjiang, study finds

The Guardian: China has built 380 internment camps in Xinjiang, study finds. “China has built nearly 400 internment camps in Xinjiang region, with construction on dozens continuing over the last two years, even as Chinese authorities said their ‘re-education’ system was winding down, an Australian thinktank has found…. The information has been made public, including the coordinates for individual camps, in a database that can be accessed online, the Xinjiang Data Project.”

CNN: 5 Chinese nationals among those charged with cyberhacking that victimized over 100 people and companies worldwide

CNN: 5 Chinese nationals among those charged with cyberhacking that victimized over 100 people and companies worldwide. “Five Chinese and two Malaysian international cyberhackers were indicted in federal court on Wednesday for allegedly intruding on over 100 companies and people in the US and abroad through online games to launder ‘millions of dollars,’ the Justice Department announced Wednesday.”

Washington Post: China and Russia are ahead in the global coronavirus vaccine race, bending long-standing rules as they go

Washington Post: China and Russia are ahead in the global coronavirus vaccine race, bending long-standing rules as they go. “China’s Sinopharm announced this week that it would provide emergency doses of one of its two trial vaccines to the United Arab Emirates, prioritizing the U.S. ally over the vast majority of Chinese. China is now the sole supplier of coronavirus vaccine to the Middle East. Meanwhile, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund signed a deal this week to supply India with 100 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine.”

Sixth Tone: China to Build National Sex Offender Database for Use by Schools

Sixth Tone: China to Build National Sex Offender Database for Use by Schools . “In a landmark national policy aimed at protecting children, China has moved to bar people with histories of sex abuse from working in early childhood, primary, or secondary education. According to a new guideline issued Friday by three central government agencies — the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Public Security — the latter will build a database of sex offenders, including those who rape or molest children.”

BNN Bloomberg: Kosher Crisis Hits $19 Billion Market With Rabbis Stuck at Home

BNN Bloomberg: Kosher Crisis Hits $19 Billion Market With Rabbis Stuck at Home. “There’s a lot more to the kosher food industry than Hebrew National hot dogs and Manischewitz wine. Kosher food was a $19.1 billion industry in 2018, according to Allied Market Research, which projects it will grow to $25.6 billion by 2026…. While China doesn’t have many Jews, it’s nonetheless an important part of the kosher food industry: Chinese factories produce canned fruit and other packaged goods and also play a critical role in the production of artificial flavorings, amino acids, and other ingredients that make their way into the diets of observant Jews.”

The Star: ‘Hello Granny!’ Elderly video stars shake up social media in China

The Star: ‘Hello Granny!’ Elderly video stars shake up social media in China. “In the first half of last year, Tan Zhouhai was a frustrated villager in the central Chinese province of Hunan, shooting short videos of his rural life and uploading them to the Internet to attract potential customers for local agricultural products. Tan was used to his videos receiving dozens, sometimes a few hundred, likes from his audience on Chinese social media. That changed when he uploaded a video of his 83-year-old grandfather dancing along to a popular song called Little Apple gained 10,000 likes.”

Washington Post: Chinese firm harvests social media posts, data of prominent Americans and military

Washington Post: Chinese firm harvests social media posts, data of prominent Americans and military. “Biographies and service records of aircraft carrier captains and up-and-coming officers in the U.S. Navy. Real-time tweets originating from overseas U.S. military installations. Profiles and family maps of foreign leaders, including their relatives and children. Records of social media chatter among China watchers in Washington. Those digital crumbs, along with millions of other scraps of social media and online data, have been systematically collected since 2017 by a small Chinese company called Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology for the stated purpose of providing intelligence to Chinese military, government and commercial clients, according to a copy of the database that was left unsecured on the Internet and retrieved by an Australian cybersecurity consultancy.”

Trump’s war on TikTok could hurt these teachers: ‘My family will be screwed’ (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: Trump’s war on TikTok could hurt these teachers: ‘My family will be screwed’. “An executive order targeting the popular video-sharing app TikTok made doing business with its Chinese parent company, Bytedance, illegal starting on Sept. 20. The order sparked a flurry of speculation: on the legality of the action, on the legitimacy of its claims that TikTok posed a national security threat, and over which U.S. company might try to buy the app and save its tens of millions of users from oblivion. For teachers on GoGoKid, which is also owned by Bytedance, it raised more urgent questions.”

Los Angeles Times: The coronavirus may have reached Los Angeles even before China announced its outbreak

Los Angeles Times: The coronavirus may have reached Los Angeles even before China announced its outbreak. “Was the novel coronavirus on the loose in Los Angeles way back in December, before the World Health Organization was even aware of an unusual cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China? A new analysis of medical records from UCLA hospitals and clinics suggests the answer might be yes.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Greater China Archival Resources Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Greater China Archival Resources Web Archive. “The Greater China Archival Resources Web Archive collects websites belonging to established, physical archives and learned archival societies located in the Greater China region, and archival projects from or about the Greater China region.”

Politico: Russia, China and Iran trying to hack presidential race, Microsoft says

Politico: Russia, China and Iran trying to hack presidential race, Microsoft says. “Russian, Chinese and Iranian hackers have mounted cyberattacks against hundreds of organizations and people involved in the 2020 presidential race and U.S.-European policy debates, with targets including the campaigns of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Microsoft said Thursday. The report is the most expansive public warning to date about the rapid spread of foreign governments’ efforts to wield hackers to undermine U.S. democracy.”

CNN: China’s UK embassy calls for Twitter to investigate after ambassador’s account ‘likes’ pornographic tweet

CNN: China’s UK embassy calls for Twitter to investigate after ambassador’s account ‘likes’ pornographic tweet. “The Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom has called on Twitter to investigate after its ambassador’s official account appeared to ‘like’ a pornographic post. The apparent sexually explicit “like” was first identified by a London-based human rights campaigner on Wednesday. It quickly set off a storm online as Twitter users speculated about whether ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s account had been hacked.”

Neowin: WSJ says China will launch global data security initiative

And in our “Alrighty then,” department, from Neowin: WSJ says China will launch global data security initiative. “The Wall Street Journal has reported that China is looking to start a global standards initiative focused on data security to counter U.S. attempts to get its allies to keep Chinese tech out of their networks. The report states that China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, will announce the plans in Beijing on Tuesday.”