Covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and India.
Zhang Yiming, the founder of TikTok’s mother company ByteDance, wanted to make a global Chinese tech company, but he knew what needed to be done to accomplish that. He made TikTok unavailable in China and stored data outside the country. This kept Chinese censors away from the app and user data, supposedly, out of Beijing’sContinue reading “TikTok’s fall from grace and its hurdles to come”
Covering Mainland China, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and India.
Chinese authorities have long policed the gaming industry, and this year its loopholes in regulation are quickly closing up. With new identity checks coming into effect next month, Beijing is one noteworthy step closer to regulating the gaming industry as tightly as the internet is in the country. Earlier this month, Apple removed 26,000 gamesContinue reading “China’s gaming regulations tighten: 26,000 apps purged and a new identity check from next month”
Covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, and India.
Since China’s contact tracing system went live in February, around 30 countries have released official contract tracing apps. An evolution of traditional contact tracing systems, what seemed a few months ago to be a daunting yet exciting technological innovation has already reached a turning point. A range of privacy rows have ensued, and according toContinue reading “From South Korea to Norway, our honeymoon with COVID-19 apps is already over”
Covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Earlier this month, China’s national legislature released a draft of its future Data Security Law, which with the upcoming Personal Information Project Law will become China’s latest set of data protection and privacy regulations. The last significant legislation on the subject was the Cybersecurity Law which took effect in 2018 but has proven to beContinue reading “Where China’s heading with its upcoming data security laws”
Covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, and India.
Techno-nationalism has long been a tool to joust for supremacy, but now the old rulebook has been thrown out of the window, and the China-US trade war is on a path to create unmerited polarisation in the world. In 2020, restraint is urgently needed to prevent us from pulling apart our globalised world. Techno-nationalism takesContinue reading “From national security concern to self-destruction: when techno-nationalism goes wrong”
Covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and India.
At the heart of the Chinese app ban lies a problem with the way we build applications. Only by developing systems which hand control of data back to users can we curb the growing concerns around data sovereignty. On June 15, 20 Indian soldiers and an undisclosed number of Chinese soldiers were killed in hand-to-handContinue reading “India bans 59 Chinese apps: what developers need to do to avoid the same fate”
Covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, India, and Sri Lanka.
Is data ownership just a fantasy? Why it will take much more than a startup to bring about significant change
We don’t need statistics to tell us that most people have a trade-off between convenience and privacy. Despite concerns over data use, Facebook revenues continue to soar, and Google’s search engine market share has consistently held at around 90% over the past decade. But the “privacy paradox,” the inconsistency between privacy concerns and actual behaviour,Continue reading “Is data ownership just a fantasy? Why it will take much more than a startup to bring about significant change”
Covering Mainland China, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, India, and Sri Lanka.
Two years on since the implementation of the GDPR, the EU’s data protection law, some significant fines have been handed out to the likes of Google, British Airways, and Marriott. Despite this, the regulation has only begun to scratch the surface of its broader goals of improving data protections for all. Last year was theContinue reading “The European Union must provide a clear regulatory framework for blockchain”
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Covering Mainland China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and India.
Due to state surveillance and censorship, privacy and data protection rights in China are often assumed to be inexistent. But for private companies, privacy and data protection laws appear to be developing in the direction of European standards. It has taken correcting the worst of abuses to get where they are now, though. Privacy andContinue reading “As internet controls in China tighten, privacy and data protection rights slowly make headway”
Covering Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Cambodia, India, and Pakistan.
The local government of Vietnam’s largest city and financial capital, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon), is going ahead with plans to repurpose a large part of the city into the country’s first technology hub following approval from Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. 22,000 hectares of land with a population of 1.1 millionContinue reading “Could Vietnam’s new tech city be its own Silicon Valley?”
Economic statistics cannot keep up with the rate at which people are losing jobs all over the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tech industry has been no different, as we have seen mass layoffs, especially in companies whose operations have been severely curtailed by lockdown measures, such as ride-hailing applications. However,Continue reading “These Asian tech startups have been raking up millions in investments during the pandemic”
Why the two most popular manufacturing alternatives to China aren’t as flawless as the media makes them out to be
Vietnam and India have long been touted as manufacturing alternatives to China. This year, their governments have been welcoming foreign investment consideration relocation from China. However, the two countries aren’t quite the exemplary options that some make them out to be. The world has long relied on Chinese factories and firms to provide all kindsContinue reading “Why the two most popular manufacturing alternatives to China aren’t as flawless as the media makes them out to be”
India’s contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu (meaning “bridge to health” in Sanskrit), was released on April 2. The app is similar in many ways to other contact tracing apps, but it looked mainly to the model of China: you input data about yourself including your name, age, and travel history; the app enables Bluetooth andContinue reading “COVID-19, data protection, and the consolidation of the Indian surveillance state”
Tencent cares a lot about its public image – to the extent that it blocks articles criticising its business. Are its censored critics onto something? We take a look at the company’s life-or-death business model. In May, an article published on WeChat criticising Tencent spread on Chinese social media and was soon blocked on allContinue reading “Is Tencent the next Nokia? A look behind Tencent’s ruthless censorship of competition and criticism”
Covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Pakistan.
A proposal from the government of Hangzhou, a city of over 10 million residents in China and home to Alibaba, could retain health codes after the pandemic to assess lifestyle habits like exercising and medical checkups. Several apps in China can determine how at-risk you are of having COVID-19 through a simple signup process, assigningContinue reading “Health codes could remain in China after the pandemic”
Temasek Holdings, a Singaporean state-owned investment firm, has joined Facebook’s digital currency project and become the first government-owned fund to join the association. Temasek is Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund and has over US$210 billion under management, including investments in Alibaba, Tencent, and Dell. The fund tweeted that it was looking forward to the potential ofContinue reading “Singaporean sovereign wealth fund joins Libra”
Amid the China-US trade war and calls to curb reliance on Chinese imports in a post-pandemic world, it has become even more critical to understand the domestic economy in China. This article illustrates the significant shift from a high-growth period fuelled by B2C internet startups to a more moderate growth phase led by B2B businesses.Continue reading “End of an era: China moves into a slower growth phase driven by B2B entrepreneurship”
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