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BEIJING — A friend of mine recently made an appointment for his heart problem at the cardiac unit of a very well-reputed hospital. When he finally managed to see the chief physician, the doctor’s first question wasn’t “What's the matter with you?” or “How long have you been feeling unwell?” but instead, “What guanxi have you got?”
Turkey is the latest country to block Twitter and YouTube, but it's not the only one.
Facebook, in the end, is simply a network; and the CPC is more than capable in a society as densely networked as China both of supplying the same thing and taking a deep cut of the proceeds.
Why have some authoritarian regimes tolerated the spread of new communications technologies? If China is any example, argues Nele Noesselt, it’s because they’re using social media to gauge public opinion, maintain their legitimacy, and avoid having to make serious political reforms.
The magazine is a small part of PCI, a think tank that promotes people-to-people communication between the two countries. Originating as a web-virtual space in October 2009, PCI was formally inaugurated in the capital last year, following the launch of the magazine and the website.
Since reaching a low of $109 on the Mt. Gox exchange the day of Silk Road incident Oct. 2, prices have climbed nearly $100, reaching as much as $233. Prices haven't fallen below $200 since Sunday.
(Reuters) - This week I was scheduled to attend a seminar on new and social media in China with other British journalists, but first I needed a visa. It never came. Consular officials told me that I was denied entrance because I didn't have an appropriate letter of invitation - but others in my party traveled with the same documentation that I provided.
“The WMS aims to build an efficient platform for the global media to communicate with one another and pool collective wisdom,” says Xinhua. Fuzzy speak that says nothing about the state of press freedom in China.
China has employed two million people to keep an eye on its citizens' internet use, it is claimed.
Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and best-selling author of The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, just finished a two-week-long first visit to China, where he met with local and national officials, laying out his vision of a post-petroleum, Internet-connected world.
BEIJING — Chinese state television on Sunday broadcast a startling video of a famous blogger in handcuffs, renouncing his Web posts and saying how dangerous the Internet would be if left uncontrolled by the government.
“A transitional economy is the economy which is established after capitalism and landlordism is abolished, and before there is a real socialist economy. It is common that one’s view of a transitional economy is coloured by how things were in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China. It is easy to draw the conclusion that a well functioning transitional economy equals how things were run then, minus the dictatorship, plus workers’ control and management. In fact, things are more complex than that. In Stalinist states the economy is deformed, compared to the socialist model economy, in a much broader sense than that the plan was decided upon and implemented bureaucratically.Apart from the lack of workers democracy it was deformed in at least three more aspects:
La propuesta del ensayo al que se hace referencia es muy interesante. Los conceptos de capitalismo y socialismo han venido siendo vinculados con aspectos políticos, dejando de lado su naturaleza económica y social.
Considerando eso, es posible que para el caso de China la aplicación de la noción de capitalismo pueda traer problemas y se tienda a vincular su reciente progreso económico con las medidas estatales implementadas para fomentar su crecimiento.
Sin embargo, lo que es importante tener en cuenta es que el capitalismo y el socialismo cuentan con características determinadas las cuales van a desarrollarse dentro de un marco institucional, en el que tiene un gran papel que jugar el Gobierno.
En ese sentido, lo que es más relevante son las condiciones y reglas de juego que determina el Gobierno para que las actividades económicas se realicen de la forma más eficiente posible y respetando los derechos de los ciudadanos.
Si lo que rige se basa en el capitalismo, socialismo u otra forma de organización, ello dependerá de su impacto en el funcionamiento del mercado, considerando el marco institucional que se encuentre vigente.
In 2011, renowned investigative journalist Deng Fei went on a reporting trip to Guizhou province, a remote area in southwestern China, where he visited rural schools and spoke with students and teachers. He came away shocked that many schools did not provide lunch, and that most students came from homes too poor to afford breakfast.
“Xinchejian, founded in 2010, means “new workshop.” It occupies a rented room in a Shanghai warehouse. Members pay around $16 a month to use the space and tools, and on Wednesday nights it is open to the public. The Taiwan-born David Li, a 40-year-old programmer and a co-founder of Xinchejian, wants to lower the barriers for experimentation and play. “It’s not about getting together a group of geeks doing something. It’s a conduit for people to say, ‘This interactive stuff is not that scary, not that difficult.’”
As of January, air pollution in Beijing had soared to 40 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization, according to The Economist, and the country is expected to produce twice as many carbon emissions as the US by 2015. Some 40% of China's mammals are classified as threatened species. The country is also under severe water stress. At the same time, China's growing economy is ravenously hungry for resources, consuming between 40% and 50% of the world's coal, copper, steel, nickel, aluminium and zinc.
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Bitcoin continues marching to new highs this month, despite the rather ominous news this week that one of the major wallet services, Inputs.io, was robbed of over 4,000 BTC, or one million worth of U.S. coin. ConvergEx Group market analyst Nick Colas says that one of the main reasons is the surge in interest in Bitcoin from China.
Today at Disrupt Europe in Berlin, a few major Bitcoin actors in the European Bitcoin community took the stage to share their thoughts about the future of Bitcoin. Michael Jackson(Mangrove Capital Partners), Shakil Khan(CoinDesk) and Nejc Kodric(Bitstamp) are all bullish and have great hopes for the digital currency. Yet, a recurring thought was that the community is still very early in this journey — the average end-user has yet to start using Bitcoins.
Jeremy Rifkin, president of the FOET and best-selling author of the book The Third Industrial Revolution, just finished a two-week-long first visit to (China and the Third Industrial Revolution - Bloomberg interview with Jeremy Rifkin -
As I have maintained on many occasions, reports of the death of Bitcoin have been greatly exaggerated. If anything, the news related to the most popular crypto-currency ever has only gotten considerably more positive in the wake of the raid on Silk Road. The most recent development is that massive web services site Baidu, Inc. has started to accept Bitcoin for its Jiasule service. I wonder if this is in any way related to the recent Chinese calls for a new reserve currency, as I can’t imagine the company would go ahead with accepting BTC without at least some “all clear” from authorities. If this signals implicit approval for Bitcoin by political leaders in China (it’s too early to tell), it would have paradigm-shifting global consequences.
Already booming in the U.S., the maker movement (or DIY, for do it yourself) is now gaining ground in China, challenging assumptions about the country's capacity for innovation.
On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg uploaded a new cover photo (shown above) to his Facebook profile. The photo showed a glowing map, tracing all the Facebook friendships that exist around the world, with bright white spots in North America, Europe, and South America, and off-white areas in Africa, India, and the Pacific Rim. There was only one dark blue spot on the map: mainland China, where Facebook and Twitter have both been banned since 2009.
Hanergy and the Climate Group Host Forum on "The Third Industrial Revolution & China" with Dr. Jeremy Rifkin http://t.co/0EcF7CoUCP