MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO: Ahead of Mexico's presidential election on Sunday, Facebook pages criticizing the leftist frontrunner feature posts with thousands of "likes" and no other reactions or comments, suggesting automation, a report on Thursday from the Atlantic Council said.Many "likes" on the pages attacking Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor mounting his third campaign for the presidency, came from Brazil, the Washington-based think tank said. One human "like" came from a user claiming to run a group of social media specialists for hire.The flurry of social media manipulation as Mexicans prepare to vote highlights how the playbook for information warfare has evolved since the 2016 U.S. presidential election.Even with plenty of advance warnings, new hiring and partnerships, the social networks are failing to thwart more advanced techniques - boding poorly for attempts to keep deliberate misinformation at bay in coming elections around the world.Propaganda is … [Read more...] about In Mexico, fake news creators up their game ahead of election
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MANILA—Protests by thousands of people in cities across Vietnam are showing just how easy it is to unite public opinion and mobilize dissent when an issue has one key ingredient: China. The demonstrations, which are technically illegal, sprung up for a second consecutive week on Sunday, stoked by fears that proposed coastal economic zones for foreigners would be beachheads for an invasion of Chinese businesses. The proposal makes no mention of China. But political analysts say Vietnamese minds were already made up, with popular Facebook posts reinforcing deep-rooted suspicion that Chinese interests are influencing state policy. Central to the issue is a combustible mix of generations of anger over perceived Chinese bullying, and a lack of faith in Vietnam's ruling communist party to do anything about it. "The government underestimated the amount of anti-China sentiment in the country," said Murray Hiebert, a Southeast Asia specialist at the Center for Strategic and International … [Read more...] about News In Vietnam, distrust of government’s China policy fuels protests
While it is true that increased connectivity has made it possible to communicate with our loved ones across the globe with ease, this increased connectivity has also made privacy an increasingly rare commodity. Just Google your name and you would be surprised to find out how much of your personal information is out there. Not just the bad guys but businesses are also interested in obtaining your personal information, such as email address, phone number, social media profiles, credit card information and home address among other things. Bad guys are even hacking into data-based POS systems in stores and restaurants to steal your personal information. The only difference is bad guys will use this information to commit identity fraud, while commercial organizations use it to collect information about your online activities that will allow them to send you targeted ads. While you can’t avoid making online transactions or opening social media accounts, there are still ways … [Read more...] about Six ways to protect your privacy online
HONG KONG: China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property and the struggle to be the No.1 global technology power, according to patent experts.While U.S. President Donald Trump's threat of punitive tariffs on high-tech U.S. exports could slow Beijing's momentum, it won't turn back the tide, they say. Washington's allegation that the Chinese have engaged in intellectual property theft over many years - which is denied by Beijing - is a central reason for the worsening trade conflict between the U.S. and China.Forecasts for how long it will take for Beijing to close the technological gap vary - though several patent specialists say it could happen in the next decade. And China is already leapfrogging ahead in a couple of areas."With the number of scientists China is training every year it will eventually catch up, regardless of what the U.S. does," said David Shen, … [Read more...] about Analysis: Trade war or not, China is closing the gap on US in technology IP race
It’s not every day that a country of over 51 million people goes online virtually overnight. But that’s been the case in Myanmar, which until recently had one of the world’s lowest internet penetration rates but is now largely plugged into the digital age. And as many will attest, Facebook is the internet in Myanmar. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Yet Facebook is also fanning the flames of communal conflict, violence perpetrated by state security forces and others that United Nations officials say qualifies as “crimes against humanity”, “ethnic cleansing” and potentially even “genocide” against the nation’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Marzuki Darusman, chair of the United Nations’ Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, recently said that Facebook has played a “determining role” in a humanitarian crisis that has seen over 600,000 Rohingya flee across … [Read more...] about Is Facebook contributing to genocide in Myanmar?