DefenseNews: White House aims to release overdue security strategies within weeks

DefenseNews: White House aims to release overdue security strategies within weeks. “Amid pressure from U.S. lawmakers, the White House is weighing a September rollout for its long-delayed National Security Strategy, now being rewritten to emphasize Russia alongside China following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, Defense News has learned.”

Independent: Parliament shuts TikTok account after MPs’ fears over firm’s links to China

Independent: Parliament shuts TikTok account after MPs’ fears over firm’s links to China. “Parliament has shut its TikTok account after MPs raised concerns about the social media firm’s Chinese links. A number of MPs hit by Chinese sanctions for speaking out against ‘gross human rights violations’ had protested against the recent creation of the social media account.”

NBC News: Dozens of fake news websites and social media accounts pushed pro-China talking points

NBC News: Dozens of fake news websites and social media accounts pushed pro-China talking points. “A Chinese marketing firm hosted a ring of at least 72 fake news sites in 11 languages with corresponding fake social media personas that pushed Chinese government talking points, according to research published Thursday.”

CNN: TikTok’s ties to China are once again under fire in Washington. Here’s why

CNN: TikTok’s ties to China are once again under fire in Washington. Here’s why. “Two years after then-President Donald Trump said he would ban TikTok in the United States through an executive order, the short-form video platform is once again under scrutiny in Washington. And the underlying issue remains largely the same: TikTok’s ties to China through its parent company, Bytedance.”

The Mainichi: Exhibition of digitized wartime photos organized by Japan researchers to be held in NY

The Mainichi: Exhibition of digitized wartime photos organized by Japan researchers to be held in NY . “The “Wartime Photograph Archive” project features pictures taken overseas by Mainichi Shimbun correspondents during the war, combined into a digital archive that makes it easy to visually grasp conditions at the time while following correspondents’ footsteps. When finished, the collection will include over 60,000 photos taken in mainland China and Southeast Asia, ranging from the Second Sino-Japanese War to World War II. “

Rest of World: The overworked humans behind China’s virtual influencers

Rest of World: The overworked humans behind China’s virtual influencers. “When Akuma laughs, that’s the laugh of the actor who plays him; when Luo waves, it’s because a real person is waving. And when they go off-script to complain about exhaustion, overwork, or low pay, that’s a real person complaining about their actual working conditions – underscoring that virtual celebrities are subject to the same concerns and issues as human influencers.”

Bloomberg: Chinese Government Asked TikTok for Stealth Propaganda Account

Bloomberg: Chinese Government Asked TikTok for Stealth Propaganda Account . “A Chinese government entity responsible for public relations attempted to open a stealth account on TikTok targeting Western audiences with propaganda, according to internal messages seen by Bloomberg.”

BuzzFeed News: TikTok Owner ByteDance Used A News App On Millions Of Phones To Push Pro-China Messages, Ex-Employees Say

BuzzFeed News: TikTok Owner ByteDance Used A News App On Millions Of Phones To Push Pro-China Messages, Ex-Employees Say. “Former employees claim the company placed pieces of pro-China content in its now-defunct US news app, TopBuzz, and censored negative stories about the Chinese government. ByteDance says it did no such thing.”

University of Arizona: Studies link COVID-19 to wildlife sales at Chinese market, find alternative scenarios extremely unlikely

University of Arizona: Studies link COVID-19 to wildlife sales at Chinese market, find alternative scenarios extremely unlikely. “Analyses based on locations and viral sequencing of early cases indicate the COVID-19 pandemic started in Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, with two separate jumps from animals to humans.”

South China Morning Post: A stunning 16th-century Chinese ‘magic mirror’ was found in a US art museum after being tucked away in storage

South China Morning Post: A stunning 16th-century Chinese ‘magic mirror’ was found in a US art museum after being tucked away in storage. “Buddhist magic mirrors, also called ‘transparent’ and ‘light-penetrating’ mirrors, were first made in China during the Han dynasty (202 BCE–220 CE) and were also a notable artefact from Japan’s Edo period (1603–1867)….When the mirror is held to light from the correct angle, the bronze reflects the light to reveal the secret image, a buddha in the case of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s relic.”

MIT Technology Review: Chinese gamers are using a Steam wallpaper app to get porn past the censors

MIT Technology Review: Chinese gamers are using a Steam wallpaper app to get porn past the censors. “Online porn is banned in China, so people there have to get creative to access it. Steam is one of the only popular global platforms still available in the country, and its community features, international high-speed servers, and increasingly hands-off approach when it comes to sexual content have made it an inevitable choice. Chinese users now make up at least 40% of Wallpaper Engine’s global user base, MIT Technology Review estimates.”

CNN: Here today, gone tomorrow: China’s vanishing livestreamers

CNN: Here today, gone tomorrow: China’s vanishing livestreamers. “The 30-year-old livestreamer, also known as Austin Li, was — until recently — one of China’s biggest internet celebrities, with 64 million followers on Taobao, an online shopping platform. He once sold 15,000 lipsticks within five minutes in a sales competition against Alibaba founder Jack Ma, winning himself the nickname ‘China’s lipstick king.’ But the superstar salesman has gone silent after his popular livestream show was abruptly cut off on the eve of the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre this year.”

Hackread: APT Groups Trapping Targets with Clever Twitter Scheme

Hackread: APT Groups Trapping Targets with Clever Twitter Scheme. “According to researchers, state-backed [Advanced Persistent Threat] groups are trapping their targets by employing social engineering tactics including posing as Twitter employees and journalists.”

Researchers: Chinese-made GPS tracker highly vulnerable (Associated Press)

Associated Press: Researchers: Chinese-made GPS tracker highly vulnerable. “A popular Chinese-made automotive GPS tracker used in 169 countries has severe software vulnerabilities, posing a potential danger to highway safety, national security and supply chains, cybersecurity researchers have found.”

Brookings Institution: How China uses search engines to spread propaganda

Brookings Institution: How China uses search engines to spread propaganda. “Users come to search engines seeking honest answers to their queries. On a wide range of issues—from personal health, to finance, to news—search engines are often the first stop for those looking to get information online. But as authoritarian states like China increasingly use online platforms to disseminate narratives aimed at weakening their democratic competitors, these search engines represent a crucial battleground in their information war with rivals.”