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Digital Asia links: Beijing CCTV, Indian cyber, South Korean apps, haze hackathons and more

Digital Asia links: Beijing CCTV, Indian cyber, South Korean apps, haze hackathons and more
Published 9 Oct 2015   Follow @DaniellesCave

The Asia Pacific is the most dynamic digital landscape in the world, home to the fastest adopters of new technologies and the largest concentration of mobile and social media users. An escalation in online activism, changing cyber dynamics, developments in digital diplomacy and the exploitation of big data are shaping the region's engagement with the world.

  • The number one chat app in South Korea — KakaoTalk — has reluctantly agreed to comply with the government's requests for access to online conversations. 
  • How does the Chinese Communist Party view the concept of 'internet sovereignty'?
  • A 23% increase in targeted cyber attacks on Indian organisations has prompted a warning India is becoming a strategic target for cyber crooks as the country continues to embark on ambitious technology projects.
  • Meet the man (@umarsaifpropelling Pakistan into the digital age.
  • Chinese internet giant Tencent is about to launch a consumer credit rating service based on an individual's social media networks (and it's not alone).
  • Those following next month's election in Myanmar will want to check out these new mobile apps.
  • Beyond selfie sticks and emojis, Asia's smartphone addiction is on the rise and addicts are getting younger.
  • Buzz is building around South Korean social networking mobile app Band. The app, which offers private chatting services to users, recently hit 50 million downloads and is proving popular in Taiwan, Japan and India.
  • The illicit kidney trade in South Asia has exploded as brokers use social media to find donors.
  • A 13 October hackathon is being held in Singapore to develop solutions, tools, widgets or apps that will enhance media reporting and citizens' responses to air pollution.
  • Beijing's Public Security Bureau has announced the city is now 100% covered by CCTV cameras. To prove it, the bureau even released this map which geo-locates every surveillance camera in the city:  

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