Taiwan won’t start a war with China, defence minister says

Taiwan will not start a war with China but will defend itself “full on”, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday, amid a spike in tensions across the Taiwan Strait that has raised concern internationally. Taiwan, a major semiconductor producer, has repeatedly said it will defend itself if attacked, but that it will not “advanceContinue reading “Taiwan won’t start a war with China, defence minister says”

Misinformation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities, how little some platforms have done to stop it, and, most importantly, how to have a very good morning.

China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech

China may stop all private investment in media, meaning the Communist Party would fund it all. A submission to a top decision-making body would stop investment in news gathering and distribution. The rules would give the Chinese government an even stronger grip over news and information. The Chinese government is proposing new rules that wouldContinue reading “China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech”

A Pentagon official said he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China, calling it ‘kindergarten level’

Nicolas Chaillan served as the US Air Force’s software chief and worked on Pentagon security. He quit in September and told the Financial Times last week that the US was far behind China on AI. “We have no competing fighting chance against China in fifteen to twenty years,” he said. A senior cybersecurity official at the PentagonContinue reading “A Pentagon official said he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China, calling it ‘kindergarten level’”

China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to achieve “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan, and did not directly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the Chinese-claimed island that sparked international concern. Taiwan responded shortly after by calling on Beijing to abandon its coercion, reiterating that only Taiwan’s people could decide their future. Democratically ruled TaiwanContinue reading “China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan”

University of Hong Kong orders removal of Tiananmen Massacre statue after 24 years, artist ‘shocked’

“It is really difficult to remove it. It is really not fair to remove it in a week while it’s been there for 24 years,” artist Jens Galschiøt told HKFP, saying he may take legal action if it is destroyed. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has requested the now-disbanded organiser of Hong Kong’s TiananmenContinue reading “University of Hong Kong orders removal of Tiananmen Massacre statue after 24 years, artist ‘shocked’”

U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year

Small presence of Americans secretly training local forces marks concern over China’s yearslong military buildup and recent moves A U.S. special-operations unit and a contingent of Marines have been secretly operating in Taiwan to train military forces there, U.S. officials said, part of efforts to shore up the island’s defenses as concern regarding potential Chinese aggression mounts.Continue reading “U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year”

WHO calls for surveillance to explain rise in human cases of H5N6 bird flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) says increased surveillance is urgently required to better understand what’s behind a recent spike in human cases of H5N6 bird flu in mainland China. Only 48 people have been infected with H5N6 bird flu since the first confirmed case in 2014, but a third of those were reported in mainlandContinue reading “WHO calls for surveillance to explain rise in human cases of H5N6 bird flu”

Facial Recognition: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver takes a look at facial recognition technology, how it’s used by private companies and law enforcement, and why it can be dangerous.

European Parliament calls for a ban on facial recognition

Non-binding resolution also asks for AI-based predictive policing ban. The European Parliament today called for a ban on police use of facial recognition technology in public places, and on predictive policing, a controversial practice that involves using AI tools in hopes of profiling potential criminals before a crime is even committed. In a resolution adopted overwhelmingly inContinue reading “European Parliament calls for a ban on facial recognition”

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