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Digital China special: Cyber attacks on Taiwan, Twitter leaks, PLA software, robots and more

Digital China special: Cyber attacks on Taiwan, Twitter leaks, PLA software, robots and more
Published 13 May 2016   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 personal information of Chinese Communist Party officials and business people may have been exposed on Twitter in one of the country's biggest online leaks of sensitive information.
  • How are China's state-controlled media agencies crushing it on Facebook?
  • China's robot revolution is happening
  • The People Liberation's Army has developed counter espionage software so soldiers can continue to browse online via encrypted mobile terminals and military Internet cafes.
  • The Chinese Government is luring 'sea turtles' home to launch start-ups.
  • The Cyberspace Administration has demanded an overhaul of the country's largest search engine Baidu following the death of a university student whose choice of cancer treatment was influenced by poorly labelled paid search results.
  • But Baidu can also cause trouble for the communist party, as explained via this tweet-storm from NYU Professor Clay Shirky. 
  • Are Chinese net users concerned with privacy?
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook is allegedly set to visit high-level officials in Beijing later this month in an attempt to deal with the litany of issues the company is facing in its second largest market.
  • Apple's uphill battle is a reminder that tech isn't borderless.
  • I argue that Twitter is uncomfortably wedged in China.
  • The scale of Chinese cyber attacks on Taiwan has reached 'quasi war' level according to Taiwan's Government.
  • Again in Taiwan, public servants have been told to avoid mobile phones that use Chinese navigation satellite systems for fear they can be tracked via embedded malware.

Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

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