Freedom on the Net 2019 – The Crisis of Social Media

What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation. Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism, which have spread rapidly around the globe. Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, … Lees verder

Why you should worry if you have a Chinese smartphone

  Samantha Hoffman is an analyst of Chinese security issues at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Aspi). She recently published a paper entitled Engineering Global Consent: The Chinese Communist Party’s Data-Driven Power Expansion. Internet pioneers heralded a time when information would be set free, giving people everywhere unfiltered access to the world’s knowledge and bringing about the … Lees verder

Beijing Launches New Rule: Residents Must Pass Facial Recognition Test to Surf Internet

  The Chinese regime announced a new rule which requires residents to pass a facial recognition test in order to apply for an internet connection via smartphone or computer. The rule will be implemented from Dec. 1, 2019. In addition, no cell phone or landline number can be transferred to another person privately. This is an upgraded restriction after … Lees verder

U.S. Blacklists Eight Chinese Tech Companies on Rights Violations

  Move comes as U.S.-China high-level trade talks set to resume Action targets Chinese surveillance companies, public entities The Trump administration placed eight Chinese technology giants on a U.S. blacklist on Monday, accusing them of being implicated in human rights violations against Muslim minorities in the country’s far-western region of Xinjiang. The companies include two … Lees verder

U.S. Using Trade Deals to Shield Tech Giants From Foreign Regulators

  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from lawsuits, a move that could help lock in America’s tech-friendly regulations around the world even as they are being newly questioned at home. The protections, which stem from a 1990s … Lees verder

Apple bans an app because Hong Kong protesters might use it to avoid the murderous, out of control police

  Hkmap Live is a crowdsourced app that uses reports from a Telegram group to track the locations of protesters, police, and traffic, as well as the use of antipersonnel weapons like tear gas, mass arrests of people wearing t-shirts associated with the protest movement, and mass transit closures in proximity to demonstrations (it’s a bit … Lees verder

Scientists invent super camera

  Technology useful in military, security applications Chinese scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabling 500 megapixel cloud camera system able to capture thousands of faces at a stadium in perfect detail and generate their facial data for the cloud while locating a particular target in an instant. Most Chinese experts welcomed the camera system’s … Lees verder

How WeChat censors private conversations, automatically in real time

  The super app instantly blocks even the images for over 1 billion users and growing. WeChat is a window into the future of the internet in many different ways. Based in China and boasting over 1.1 billion global users, it’s one of the world’s most advanced and popular apps. What’s remarkable is the way … Lees verder

How U.S. Tech Giants are helping to build China’s surveillance state

  AN AMERICAN ORGANIZATION founded by tech giants Google and IBM is working with a company that is helping China’s authoritarian government conduct mass surveillance against its citizens, The Intercept can reveal. The OpenPower Foundation — a nonprofit led by Google and IBM executives with the aim of trying to “drive innovation” — has set up … Lees verder

Berucht Chinees veiligheidsministerie gebruikt Nederlandse software die emoties leest

  Twee Nederlandse bedrijven hebben ‘emotieherkenningssoftware’ verkocht aan het Chinese ministerie van Openbare Veiligheid, dat berucht is om zijn surveillance-apparaat en onderdrukking van minderheden en dissidenten. Veel nieuws over de donkere kanten van de Chinese staat gaat in essentie over het ministerie van Openbare Veiligheid in Beijing. Al die artikelen over de hightech surveillancestaat die … Lees verder