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Digital Asia links: Cross-Strait trolling, Modi & Silicon Valley, WhatsApp government and more

Digital Asia links: Cross-Strait trolling, Modi & Silicon Valley, WhatsApp government and more

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.

  • Jack Ma, CEO of China's e-commerce giant Alibaba, talks corporate social responsibility with Bloomberg.
  • Indonesia's new trade minister runs his Ministry on WhatsApp because he appreciates end-to-end encryption. 
  • China's State broadcaster CCTV censored a pin of the Taiwan flag worn by President Ma Ying-jeou following his meeting with President Xi Jinping. 
  • Facebook is banned in China but that hasn't stopped Chinese netizens trolling the page of Taiwanese Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen. The sudden surge in posts (70,000-) and Chinese flag emojis sparked a fierce Cross-Straits debate, Tsai Ing-wen's response:

I hope the new experience will help our 'new friends' to learn more about a democratic, free and diverse Taiwan. Welcome to the world of Facebook!

  • Did India's Prime Minister Modi get it wrong in Silicon Valley?
  • Keep an eye on Myanmar's small but burgeoning ecosystem of mobile-first startups
  • Crowdsourcing ideas to improve New Delhi's public transport. Contribute here.
  • Following on from the Navy's foray into social media, China's Air Force has opened Weibo and WeChat accounts. Analysts claim it will help increase PLA transparency.
  • Not to be outshone, China's Army has released a surprisingly mesmerising and well choreographed aerobics-dance video to promote physical training:

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