Tag: China

China Bans The Intercept and Other News Sites in “Censorship Black Friday”

China Bans The Intercept and Other News Sites in “Censorship Black Friday”

Ryan Gallagher | The Intercept | Source URL The Chinese government appears to have launched a major new internet crackdown, blocking the country’s citizens from accessing The Intercept’s website and those of at least seven other Western news organizations. On Friday, people in China began reporting that they could not […]

‘Mind reading’ chip unveiled in China could soon let you control your smartphone or PC with your thoughts

‘Mind reading’ chip unveiled in China could soon let you control your smartphone or PC with your thoughts

Ian Randall | The Daily Mail | Source URL A mind-reading chip that let you control a computer by just thinking has been unveiled at a conference in China.  Dubbed Brain Talker, works by picking out small electrical pulses in the brain and quickly decoding them into signals that a […]

US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State

Ryan MAC , Rosalind Adams, | Buzzfeed News | Source URL Millions of dollars from US university endowments, foundations, and retirement plans have helped fund two billion-dollar Chinese facial recognition startups: SenseTime and Megvii. The Chinese government is using their technologies to surveil and profile its own citizens. HONG KONG — […]

One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority

In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group. Paul Mozur | The New York Times | Source URL The Chinese government has drawn wide international condemnation for its harsh crackdown on […]

Here’s why the US is terrified of one Chinese company controlling the world’s 5G networks

Here’s why the US is terrified of one Chinese company controlling the world’s 5G networks

Shona Ghosh | Business Insider | Source URL US lobbying against Chinese firm Huawei, one of the biggest phone makers and telecommunications kit providers in the world, hit a new level this week during the phone industry’s big annual conference. Around 100,000 technology vendors, carriers, and device makers head to […]

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

Ars Technica | Source URL As the National People’s Congress gathers in Beijing for the beginning of China’s “Two Sessions” political season, state media is making an international propaganda push on social media—including on platforms blocked by China’s “Great Firewall”—to promote China’s “system of democracy.” 70 years in 5 minutes: […]

Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search

Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search

The Intercept Futurism Ryan Gallagher | The Intercept | Source URL Google employees have carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal. Late last year, […]

China’s ‘Social Credit System’ Blocks 23 Million Purchases of Train and Plane Tickets

China’s ‘Social Credit System’ Blocks 23 Million Purchases of Train and Plane Tickets

John Hayward | Breitbart | Source URL The UK Guardian reported on Friday that China’s “social credit system,” a vast surveillance network and database system designed to punish Chinese for poor citizenship, has blocked travelers from buying 17.5 million airplane tickets and 5.5 million train tickets. The social credit system […]

Massive Database Leak Gives Us a Window into China’s Digital Surveillance State

Massive Database Leak Gives Us a Window into China’s Digital Surveillance State

Danny O’Brien | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Source URL Earlier this month, security researcher Victor Gevers found and disclosed an exposed database live-tracking the locations of about 2.6 million residents of Xinjiang, China, offering a window into what a digital surveillance state looks like in the 21st century. Xinjiang is […]

Actually, China’s social credit system isn’t the first

Actually, China’s social credit system isn’t the first

Tom McGregor | ChannelNewsAsia | Source URL And we ought to expect even more countries to use behavioural economics to nudge good citizen behaviour, says China commentator Tom McGregor. BEIJING: Western media reports have swirled about China’s social credit system, which is intended to nudge Chinese citizens to adopt good […]

It’s 2019 and Scientists Have Created Mind-Controlled Rat Cyborgs

It’s 2019 and Scientists Have Created Mind-Controlled Rat Cyborgs

Gavin Butler | VICE | Source URL A team in China figured out a way to take control of a rat and “steer” it through a maze with their thoughts. Researchers at Zhejiang University published a paper titled “Human Mind Control of Rat Cyborg’s Continuous Locomotion with Wireless Brain-to-Brain Interface” […]