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How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument | GARY KING
In contrast to prior claims, we show that the Chinese regime's strategy is to avoid arguing with skeptics of the party and the government, and to not even discuss controversial issues. We show that the goal of this massive secretive operation is instead to distract the public and change the subject, as most of the these posts involve cheerleading for China, the revolutionary history of the Communist Party, or other symbols of the regime.
china  military  manipulation  media  censorship  social 
3 hours ago by soobrosa
Artificial intelligence takes jobs from Chinese web censors
With so much content being uploaded and share on the Internet, China is increasingly turning to machines to get the content moderation and censorship job done, Yuan Yang reports for Financial Times:

"The rise of artificial intelligence is threatening jobs in many traditional sectors, from truck driving to banking, but in China there is a new profession being automated: the country’s army of internet censors. Chinese internet companies and government departments employ several million censors to police content that the ruling Communist party finds objectionable, according to local media. Most internationally dominant internet services, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, are entirely blocked in China. As China’s online population has boomed, human censors have been overwhelmed with an ever-growing wave of online content. So companies such as iQiyi, a top video-streaming platform, are turning to machine learning to filter content Beijing wants to ban....

'Machines are very good at recognising sexual content, so our human staff now spend very little time on that,' said Kent Liu, iQiyi’s chief technology officer. 'But they are not so good at spotting themes that are developing.' Such 'developing' themes often include oblique political and cultural references created by netizens who use metaphors to get round censors...IQiyi’s algorithms automatically delete about 10 per cent of all content uploaded, Mr Liu said. The algorithms then grade the remaining videos for their risk of containing illegal material and human censors review potentially problematic videos. Censorship of material is an increasingly costly, as well as risky, exercise for internet companies in China."
otf  china  asia  ai  censorship 
19 hours ago by dmcdev
Apple Begins Removing CallKit Apps From Chinese App Store, Citing New Cybersecurity Laws
As part of a wider crackdown on VoIP services, Apple is removing apps that use CallKit from its Chinese app store, Gizmodo reports:

"Apple has begun removing applications that use the CallKit framework from the Chinese version of its App Store after the nation’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology moved to more strictly enforce recent cybersecurity regulations...According to 9to5Mac, Apple has begun warning developers that they must remove CallKit integration from their apps or they will be removed from the store. There are clear parallels between this and last year, when Apple complied with Chinese censors’ requests to remove VPN apps...Specifically, the Chinese government appears to be concerned that CallKit might allow users to avoid censors and surveillance, which is related to its overall concern over Voice over Internet Protocol communications. According to 9to5Mac, Apple describes CallKit as an easy way to integrate VoIP calls into other apps, which could at least in theory make it harder for authorities to monitor them...The laws have caused significant concerns for foreign businesses, according to the South China Morning Post, including provisions that required 'operators of critical information infrastructure' to provide an unspecified level of 'technical support' to authorities, as well as store data locally."
otf  china  asia  callkit  apple  appstore  circumvention  voip 
19 hours ago by dmcdev
Four of the top 25 Github projects are written in Chinese, six contain no code
Interesting: GitHub is generally known as and used as a repository for open source code, but it can house any text. Of the top 25 projects on the site, four are in Chinese, and three of these contain no code, but are rather used as a "knowledge share" platform, and sometimes to circumvent censorship, as Quartz reports: "In one project, a Chinese Github user documented the timeline of a sex abuse case related a professor at a prominent Chinese university. Chinese censors blocked and deleted information about the incident on Chinese websites. The Github project is still online. There was even a discussion of the allegations on a page of the project normally used for tracking bugs and organizing future work."
otf  china  gfw  censorship  github  asia 
20 hours ago by dmcdev

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