Asia 4 July 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48868140 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsHong Kong extradition protests Hong Kong is at the centre of a diplomatic row between the UK and China.The UK has shown … [Read more...] about Why are the UK and China arguing about Hong Kong?
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It’s the most sensitive day of the year for China’s internet, the anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, and with under two weeks to go, China’s robot censors are working overtime. Censors at Chinese internet companies say tools to detect and block content related to the 1989 crackdown have reached unprecedented levels of accuracy, aided by machine learning and voice and image recognition. “We sometimes say that the artificial intelligence is a scalpel, and a human is a machete,” said one content screening employee at Beijing Bytedance Co Ltd, who asked not to be identified because they are not authorised to speak to media. Two employees at the firm said censorship of the Tiananmen crackdown, along with other highly sensitive issues including Taiwan and Tibet, is now largely automated. Posts that allude to dates, images and names associated with the protests are automatically rejected. “When I first … [Read more...] about China’s robot censors crank up as Tiananmen anniversary nears
This week, the world wide web turned 30. It may be hard for many of us to imagine a time when you couldn't just log on to the internet and search the web. It is how many of us stay in touch, make friends, talk, search and share information. But 30 years ago, none of that was possible. Back in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee and other scientists at CERN, the world's largest physics laboratory, were frustrated because they were unable to share the experiments and data stored on their many different computers. He proposed a system whereby information in one part of the globe was connected to every other part - easily searched, available to all and not controlled by anyone. That vision of universal connectivity became the world wide web. According to Berners-Lee, connectivity for all is a human right and he is calling on governments to sign a global contract to protect people's rights and freedoms in the digital age. "We're talking about a contract for the web for the next phase ... companies … [Read more...] about World wide web at 30: What’s next for the web?
Tax and fees cuts, stabilisation of employment and more social services – these were some of the quick fixes pledged by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his annual work report, to address uncertainties in economic outlook and international relations. And in a rare move, not one delegate opposed the report when the National People’s Congress voted on it on Friday, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post. In the ballot on Li’s report, 2,945 delegates voted in favour and three abstained. Although the NPC, China’s highest legislative body, is often described by observers as a rubber-stamp chamber and has never vetoed a work report, the number of opposing votes is often seen as an indicator of the level of endorsement and popularity for a government leader or a top government agency. Even the number of abstentions is seen as a subtle indicator of disapproval by carefully selected delegates to the elite assembly. For example, 378 delegates voted against … [Read more...] about China investors catch option fever, prompting regulator warnings
Gary Cohn, the former director of US President Donald Trump’s National Economic Council, said the United States was “desperate right now” for a trade pact with China as negotiators from both countries seek to reach a deal, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post. “The president needs a win,” Cohn said in an interview with the Freakonomics podcast, according to a transcript released on Wednesday. Cohn’s comments stand in contrast to statements from Trump that he is in no rush for an agreement and is prepared to walk away from negotiations. Trump said on Wednesday that a deal has to be “right” and that it must include provisions stopping the theft of US intellectual property. “I’m not in a rush whatsoever,” Trump told reporters at the White House. Investors have been heartened by signs that Trump is looking to sign a deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping, possibly at a summit at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago … [Read more...] about Former Trump economic adviser says US is ‘desperate’ for China trade deal