How WeChat spreads rumors, reaffirms bias, and helped elect Trump

Six months before Donald Trump won the United States election, Chinese-American blogger Xie Bin and seven others launched a WeChat page aimed at influencing Chinese-Americans to vote for Trump. They called it “The Chinese Voice of America” (CVA), and published several articles each week that drew from right-wing websites in English, as well as concerns people shared in … http://bit.ly/2lEqPvc

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents. On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called “Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System”. In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and … http://bit.ly/2i0YPzg

China is overrun with unicorns

China’s startup industry is booming. Here’s a list of Chinese unicorns that have entered the market since the start of the year. Since the beginning of 2017, China has seen its fair share of unicorns. No, not the national animal of Scotland. We’re talking about startups valued in excess of $1 billion. In 2017, 41 global technology companies have reached unicorn status, … http://bit.ly/2wGu8J4