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The practice of paying for fake accounts to boost livestream viewer counts and virtual gift purchases is an ‘open secret’ in the industry, experts say. Reasons range from pushing up live streams in recommendation rankings to earning fatter commissions from brands, but regulators are catching on.
JD Digits, the e-commerce giant’s big data arm, is building up a smart city operating system that uses artificial intelligence. Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu all have their own plans for Xiongan, a smart city project personally backed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Uber urges Hong Kong government to rethink clampdown, claiming livelihoods of 14,000 drivers at risk
City’s leader Carrie Lam revealed law changes during policy address. Uber is already illegal in Hong Kong but is still hugely popular in the city.
The US and China are jostling to dominate advanced technologies, from 5G to quantum computing and AI. China filed more than 110,000 artificial intelligence patent applications last year.
SAIC Motor, an early adopter of the smart car, sets up US$1bil fund to invest in Internet-linked vehicles with Alibaba
SAIC Motor would invest 5.4bil yuan to create the 7.2bil yuan fund with Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park Development, according to an exchange filing. Hengxu Capital will separately contribute less than 0.1 per cent of the fund’s capital to invest in smart electric vehicle technologies.
China’s ‘wild era’ of Internet may be ending as new personal data protection law seeks to curb Big Tech’s control over user data
The draft version of the new law significantly increases penalties for companies responsible for data breaches, proposing fines of up to US$7.6mil. Given the huge size of the Chinese big data market, some believe the penalties under the new law are light and that it has some shortcomings.
WeRide has completed a total of 147,128 robotaxi trips for more than 60,000 passengers in the past year, it says. Nearly 60% of about 650 passengers surveyed say they use the robotaxi service for regular commutes.
Surveillance in China: artist who hides from security cameras in Beijing wants to highlight invasions of privacy
For his latest project, artist Deng Yufeng led a group down a Beijing street with the aim of not getting seen on any of its 90-odd surveillance cameras. China is home to 18 of the world’s 20 most monitored cities and over half the surveillance cameras in use globally, according to a study by one tech website.
In a letter read at the opening ceremony of the 7th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Chinese president Xi Jinping emphasised the importance of digital technology amid the pandemic. China is ready to work with other countries to build a shared cyberspace community and ‘create an even better future for mankind’, he says.
Wildlife park’s change from a fingerprint-based entry system to facial recognition without user consent was not legitimate, court found. Concern about the need to regulate the massive application of surveillance technology is growing among Chinese citizens.