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In China and India, men outnumber women on a massive scale. The consequences are far-reaching. - Washington Post
In China and India, men outnumber women by 70 million. Both nations are belatedly trying to come to grips with the policies that created this male-heavy generation

“Today websites like ZhongYueLove.com (China-Viet-Love) offer a selection of Vietnamese women. Some services offer a money-back guarantee that the brides will be virgins, and a free replacement for any who run away within a year.”
culture  gender  asia  politics  equality  genderequality  women 
8 hours ago by toastednut
Widening net of China censors puts tech on notice
China's Great Firewall is moving beyond targeting (primarily) political content to instead increase"its grip on cultural and social discourse among the web-savvy youth," as indicated by its recent move to block gay content on the Twitter-like Weibo social media platform. The move spooked investors, as Weibo's stock took a big dip on Friday.

Reuters reports: "The widening net of Chinese censors have put tech on notice. Jokes and gay content are disappearing from the web. It's a fresh sign that Beijing is policing beyond political discourse. For the $26 billion microblog Weibo and peers, appeasing both users and regulators will get harder...It vividly illustrates how censors are shifting the goal posts for Weibo and other social networks like the $6 billion video broadcasting app YY and the $488 billion gaming giant Tencent. Beijing has moved from targeting politically-sensitive content to extending its grip on cultural and social discourse among the web-savvy youth...Investors caught off guard by the latest crackdown wiped $2 billion off Weibo's market capitalisation on Friday, highlighting the risks...China's internet cleanup is proving bad for business."
otf  china  asia  gfw  weibo 
2 days ago by dmcdev
New Target for China’s Censors: Content Driven by Artificial Intelligence
The recent shutdown of several "wildly popular" AI-driven news apps in China highlights both the role such technologies increasingly play in the media writ large and also the differing ways in which state governments are approaching their rise, Josh Chin writes for the Wall Street Journal:

"A new battle over censorship is playing out in China, one that underscores the differences in how the world’s two largest economies are dealing with advances in technology that are upending the news business and social media...'This entire time we’ve been overemphasizing the value of technology without realizing that technology must be guided by socialist core values,' Zhang Yiming, founder of Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., said in a statement. Bytedance Technology produces wildly popular news and entertainment apps driven by artificial intelligence. Authorities shut down its humor app, Neihan Duanzi, earlier this week on grounds that its content wasn’t in keeping with 'a clean online audiovisual environment,' triggering thousands of comments on social media mourning its demise...The Bytedance apps are distinctive in China for relying almost entirely on algorithms to feed users content based on their personal preferences. That AI-driven approach helped the startup achieve a soaring $30 billion valuation, but has also sparked criticisms that it is flooding users with clickbait of questionable taste...In his apology, Mr. Zhang said the company would improve its algorithms and automatic filtering to be more socially responsible. He also acknowledged the limits of artificial intelligence in managing content, saying he planned to expand the company’s in-house team of human censors to 10,000 from 6,000 currently."
otf  china  ai  censorship  gfw  asia 
7 days ago by dmcdev

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