For young Chinese women, scrolling Douyin (the domestic version of TikTok) for an hour has become a daily habit. Live streaming took off in China in 2016 and has since become one of the country’s most popular pastimes. There was one creator I liked in particular: “Lawyer Long Fei”. Every day, Long Fei answers the legal consultations of her 9 million fans on the spot. Many deal with how women should handle tough divorce cases.
But in May of this year, Long Fei’s account was hacked for 15 days, most likely because her content did not match the country’s view of marriage. While Long Fei’s account was finally reinstated last month, her case reflects how many streamers are grappling with the Chinese government’s growing willingness to speak out on acceptable content.
On June 22, China’s top cultural authority released a new policy document, the Code of Conduct for Online Streamers, aimed at guiding streamers’ expectations of them. So far, streamers have managed to operate under the radar, and now they are facing the full force of China’s censorship machine – future interventions that could prove more intrusive. Read the full article.
I combed the internet to find you the funniest/most important/scariest/most fascinating tech stories of the day.
1 Hackers say they stole data of up to 1 billion Chinese residents
This could be the largest cybersecurity breach the country has ever seen. (Bloomberg USD)
+ How China built a one-of-a-kind cyber-espionage behemoth to persist. (MIT Technology Review)
2 Web searches have been used for abortion prosecutions
In post-Roe America, such digital evidence can be routinely used in legal proceedings in states where abortion is illegal. (WP USD)
+ Experts would like to see some miscarriages and stillbirths considered criminal investigations. (Atlantic $)
+ Google will delete location data of users who visit abortion clinics. (protector)
+ Abortion access groups say they have struggled with algorithmic suppression for years. (wired $)
3 We are getting closer to understanding covid brain fog
Part of this has to do with how the virus destroys brain cells and leaves behind inflammation. (wired $)
+ How to Mend Your Broken Pandemic Brain. (MIT Technology Review)
4 A former Cambridge Analytica executive raised millions in cryptocurrency for Ukraine
But while the country has praised Brittany Caesar as a key ally, critics are skeptical of her motives. (WP USD)
+ NFT sales are the lowest in a year. (protector)
+ A new bill could grant the Federal Reserve access to cryptocurrencies. (WP USD)
5 Life on Earth Helps Create Nearly Half of Our Minerals
This is exciting news for the search for life on other planets. (Quanta)
+ Making minerals is a daunting task. (BBC)
+ A pro-China online influence campaign targets rare earths industry. (MIT Technology Review)
6 Twitter is censoring tweets from India
Digital rights activists fear the country’s new social media “hostage-taking law” is fueling the latest wave of scrutiny. (rest of the world)
7 We’re still learning how porn affects teen brains
But we do know that the reward centers of young brains are brighter when exposed to it, compared to older viewers. (Wall Street Journal $)
8 Future breast reconstructions could do away with silicone entirely
Facilitates tissue regeneration with implants. (protector)
9 dinosaurs have a secret to survival 🦕
They are experts at coping with the cold. (economist $)
+ We know very little about how dinosaurs reproduced. (BBC)
10 The chemistry behind the bright colors of fireworks 🎆
There’s a reason you don’t see a lot of blue explosions. (fast company $)
Quote of the day
“Contrary to the myth that we’re in a comfortable evolutionary relationship with a friendly virus like the common cold, it’s more like being stuck on a roller coaster in a horror movie.”
– “The Guardian” reported that Danny Altman, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, explained that we should not be so complacent about the new coronavirus.