Technology

TikTok, a viral app insanely popular among teenagers, has recently come under fire in the US. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

Will TikTok become the next Huawei?

Amidst a China-US tech war, TikTok may soon lose its foothold in the American market, thanks to expressed national security concerns.
A man walks past a billboard showing an advertisement for a smartphone. (Athit Perawongmetha/REUTERS)

Internetisation of life and the new social divide

In the Internet Age, the great divide is not between the haves and the have-nots, but the weak-willed who succumb easily to online advertising and those who are above lowly distractions. The former will end up paying the price of a free Internet.
Surveillance capitalism allows data on our activities to be gathered and shared. (iStock)

Is China becoming the world’s most sophisticated surveillance regime?

China will be implementing the social credit system in 2020. Seen as a form of mass surveillance build on big data technology, many are concerned that this will threaten human autonomy and aggravate human rights issues. Will China become the world's most sophisticated surveillance regime? Bram Barclay discusses this through the book "The age of surveillance capitalism".
America’s clampdown on Huawei is as relentless as it gets. (iStock)

Huawei’s latest chip: A possible “seven-up eight-down” breakthrough?

Why did the US give Huawei such a hard beatdown? Why is the US mortified by Huawei’s technological advancements? Just what’s the deal with Huawei? Prof Xu of The University of Hong Kong spills the beans.
Fact or fake? Faux information seems to make sense but really does not. (iStock)

The death of quality information

In this information age, it is all too easy for good quality information to be drowned out by insignificant noise. Yin Ruizhi argues that one needs to be able to recognise faux knowledge produced by fake public intellectuals. How do we do that?
Chinese youths in debt crises due to uncontrollable spending habits: Suffocated by their debts and left at wit’s end, some went to the extremes and took their lives. (iStock)

Online lending is feeding the insatiable purchasing desire of Chinese youths

China’s young generation of overspenders is rapidly on the rise, fueled by the presence of an expanding online lending market. What will it take to stop them?
Fully Automated Luxury Communism (FALC) by Aaron Bastani explores the future of human work.

A fully automated luxury communism for China’s future?

Every month, anthropologist Bram Barclay discusses a book or concept and how it relates to contemporary China.