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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  

Web of Laws: How China’s new Cyberspace Administration is securing its grip on the...

It was a busy day over at the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). On May 2, the agency, created in February 2014 to exercise overarching control over the country’s internet and every...

China’s WeChat blocked in Russia

Chinese internet giant Tencent said Saturday its messaging app WeChat had been blocked in Russia, adding it was in touch with authorities to resolve the issue. WeChat, known as Weixin in China,...

Qualcomm may consider asking U.S. to ban iPhone imports

Qualcomm, in a smartphone chip licensing spat with Apple, will reportedly ask a U.S. government agency to ban the import of iPhones into the country. Qualcomm plans to ask...

Chinese authorities strike against live streaming apps: Morality or censorship?

Following a damning report over the weekend by China’s state-run broadcaster, China Central Television, alleging the proliferation of vulgar content through popular live streaming apps, authorities in Beijing met yesterday with...

Faulty cables scandal: Official watchdogs admit relying on documentation, not tests

The fact that fire-resistant electricity cables sometimes fail to reach required standards is widely known to the government and the industry. However, FactWire found that government departments such as the Fire...

Sub-standard electricity cables at Hong Kong public housing estate raise fire safety fears

Half of the fire-resistant electricity cables at a new public housing development in Kwun Tong fail to meet international standards, tests by FactWire reveal. Cables from the On Tat Estate were sent...

Internet celebrities: How Hongkongers are turning social media influence into gold

By Selena Chan Dressed in a perfectly coordinated white outfit, white and pink lace ankle socks and transparent flats, and with her hair just styled at the salon, 27-year-old YouTuber So Lok-sin...

Questions over sudden rise in members at ‘.hk’ internet registration firm

The number of members of the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) rose by almost one-third just a week before the cutoff of the registration period to become an eligible...

Chongqing citizens using VPNs to skirt censorship controls to face fines, govt says

People in the Chinese megacity Chongqing could be fined for using VPNs to jump over the country’s “Great Firewall” that blocks access to forbidden websites from Google to Facebook. The punishment would...

Adorable but durable, UE Wonderboom plays the cute card

The world’s most lovable little Bluetooth speaker just got some cute competition. It’s a case of sibling rivalry, too: The new Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears splashes onto the scene next...

Chinese companies Baidu and Tencent rank low in global accountability index

Chinese internet companies Baidu and Tencent have ranked poorly in a global corporate accountability index. Their performance reflects a restrictive environment which makes it difficult for them to respect freedom of expression...

2017 iPhone might look a lot like the original

The original iPhone was one of the best looking iPhones.Photo: Apple The next iPhone might take some major design cues from the original iPhone, according to the latest rumor...

Chinese scientists speak out against the Great Firewall… again

By Oiwan Lam. Chinese scientists have periodically spoken out against the national web filtering system, often termed “the Great Firewall,” which blocks and censors web traffic from overseas websites. It damages research,...

Photo-sharing website Pinterest blocked in China, according to censorship watchdogs

Photo-sharing website Pinterest is now inaccessible in mainland China, according to censorship watchdog websites greatfirewallofchina.org and blockedinchina.net. Watchdog greatfire.org reported that the San Francisco-headquartered website has been inaccessible in the mainland since last Thursday.Users...

Chinese authorities order Baidu to ‘clean up’ its troubled online discussion forums

Baidu has been ordered to clean up its online discussion forums, Beijing’s internet regulator said on Monday. The forums were found to be “repeatedly spreading rumours, disrupting social order, harming the stability of society, and...

Better transparency needed to protect privacy and free speech in cyberspace

by Benjamin Zhou The Hong Kong government said on March 1 that it had sent 3,593 user information disclosure requests to communication technology (ICT) companies in 2016, a 17 per cent drop compared...

Video: The science behind the magic Hong Kong ‘hovercopter’

Last week, a curious video emerged on YouTube, appearing to show a helicopter “floating” elegantly above Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.Filmmaker Chris Fay created the illusion after syncing his camera’s frame rate with the rotation...

iPhone’s high ‘failure rate’ gives Android the edge on reliability

iOS might be the “world’s most advanced mobile operating system,” according to Apple, but it isn’t the most reliable, according to a new study. New data shows that iPhone’s...

Beijing pushes ‘China solution’ for global cyber governance

Beijing said Thursday it will push a “China solution” to global cyber governance after releasing its first strategy paper outlining a vision of the web where individual countries control the information...

Hong Kong police made 3,448 requests for user data from internet providers last year

The police filed 3,448 disclosure requests for user information to internet service providers in 2016 – the highest number among all government departments. The government does not actively publish the statistics. They were released...