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No, Democracy Has Not Been Discarded

No, Democracy Has Not Been Discarded | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
Freedom House released the latest iteration of its annual Freedom in the World report yesterday (PDF) with the not-so-subtle subtitle "Discarding Democracy: Return to the Iron Fist." The report sta...
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The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - Microsoft to Open Cybercrime Center in Seoul

The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - Microsoft to Open Cybercrime Center in Seoul | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
Digital Chosun Ilbo
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Here's what we know about Kwangmyongsong-4 so far

Here's what we know about Kwangmyongsong-4 so far | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite is up in space and orbiting the globe. The country’s media said the launch took place a 0030 UTC on Sunday — something that matched with detection of the launch at around 0031 UTC. The rocket appeared to keep largely to its intended...
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Lost in translation: China twists around remarks given by Wikipedia founder at World Internet Conference

Lost in translation: China twists around remarks given by Wikipedia founder at World Internet Conference | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
Even more irony abounds at the second World Internet Conference, this
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U.S. Navy Commander Implies China Has Eroded Safety of South China Sea

U.S. Navy Commander Implies China Has Eroded Safety of South China Sea | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
Adm. Scott H. Swift said that routine commercial and military operations in one of the world’s busiest waterways had become subject to warnings.
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Nonprofits want boycott of Chinese Internet summit

Nonprofits want boycott of Chinese Internet summit | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
“Freedom is our goal. Order is our means," said Lu Wei, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China
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China's head of Internet censorship denies existence of Internet censorship in China: Shanghaiist

China's head of Internet censorship denies existence of Internet censorship in China: Shanghaiist | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
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Big Data Pumps Money at 500 Million Chinese Lacking Credit

Big Data Pumps Money at 500 Million Chinese Lacking Credit | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
When Chinese liquor store owner Lu Ruibo saw a loan offer pop up on his mobile phone, it was far from the perfect deal: the annualized interest rate was more than 20 percent.
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INFOGRAPHIC: How China will rebuild its People's Liberation Army | South China Morning Post

INFOGRAPHIC: How China will rebuild its People's Liberation Army | South China Morning Post | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
China is considering various proposals to overhaul the world’s biggest army, transforming it from a Soviet-era force into a Western-style power. Under one plan, the navy and the air force will have the same status as the army, and a national guard will replace the People’s Armed Police. Here, we look at that plan.
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Little Riot's Pillow Talk wants to give your bed a heartbeat (Wired UK)

Little Riot's Pillow Talk wants to give your bed a heartbeat (Wired UK) | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it

CrePillow Talk is a digital intimacy system that allows users to track their heartbeat, and then send it over the web to their partner's pillow.

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What Do Chinese Netizens Think of North Korea?

What Do Chinese Netizens Think of North Korea? | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
Chinese netizens believe North Korea's current path is not sustainable.
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Why Parliament needs a “Cyber Chamber”

Why Parliament needs a “Cyber Chamber” | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
The more contact the public can have with the legislative process, the better. It’s time we started using the internet for better dialogue.
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‘Pyongyang Speed’ touted as finished scientist street revealed | NK News - North Korea News

‘Pyongyang Speed’ touted as finished scientist street revealed | NK News - North Korea News | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
State media briefly mentioned that the street has “numerous stores and facilities,” and photos revealed at least six new facilities including a clothing store, Korean traditional food restaurant, cellphone store and electronics store.

The fact that at least two new electronics stores opened on Mirae Scientists Streets indicates the increasing popularity of electronic devices among North Korean consumers.

“Footage shows that there are at least two electronics shops on that new street alone,” said Jeong Eun-mee, economic researcher from the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies.

“Our research institute’s years of accumulated data show that the purchase rate of electronic wares and communication devices in North Korea has increased rapidly in recent years. Cellphones are now used as the index in identifying the gulf between rich and poor in North Korea.

“For many young North Koreans, the cellphone is now one of the ‘wannabe’ type of items they hope to get,” Jeong said.
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North Korea’s ‘aspirational’ electricity grid | NK News - North Korea News

North Korea’s ‘aspirational’ electricity grid | NK News - North Korea News | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
By far the most numerous type of plant are small scale hydroelectric generators stationed on many of North Korea’s rivers and waterways.

“I guess the most striking feature is all of the planned small hydro, which actually echoes plans from 10 to 20 years ago,” Von Hippel said.

“It is unclear if those older plans came to fruition. Based on reports then (and more recently) my understanding is that many of the small/mini hydro stations built were either not grid-connected, not functional, or both”.

The renewable energy source is widely employed in the DPRK, though suffers from outages in winter when plummeting temperatures cause rivers to freeze over. Despite the shortcomings hydro power plants both real and planned far outnumber their thermal, fossil fuel fired counterparts.
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North Korea: Witness to Transformation | Chinese Response to the 4th Nuclear Test: the Virtual Public Square

North Korea: Witness to Transformation | Chinese Response to the 4th Nuclear Test: the Virtual Public Square | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
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Great firewall opened for foreign guests but not Chinese journalists at world's most ironic Internet conference

Great firewall opened for foreign guests but not Chinese journalists at world's most ironic Internet conference | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
The Second World Internet Conference being held in Wuzhen this week
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Microsoft launches joint venture in China, will supply government with a custom version of Windows 10

Microsoft launches joint venture in China, will supply government with a custom version of Windows 10 | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
Microsoft and the China Electronics Technology Group (CETG) have announced a
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Flying close to Beijing's new South China Sea islands - BBC News

Flying close to Beijing's new South China Sea islands - BBC News | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
Last year the BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes used a fishing boat to observe China building artificial islands in the South China Sea - this year he returned in a light aircraft.
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European plan for blanket collection of air passengers’ data clears key hurdle | UK news | The Guardian

European plan for blanket collection of air passengers’ data clears key hurdle | UK news | The Guardian | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
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Second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen scores big time keynote speaker: Xi Jinping: Shanghaiist

Second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen scores big time keynote speaker: Xi Jinping: Shanghaiist | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
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China Calls Hacking of U.S. Workers’ Data a Crime, Not a State Act

China Calls Hacking of U.S. Workers’ Data a Crime, Not a State Act | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
China has acknowledged for the first time that the breach of the United States Office of Personnel Management’s computer systems, which the Obama administration said exposed the personal information of more than 21.5 million people, was the work of Chinese hackers. But China insisted that the breach was the result of criminal activity, not a state-sponsored cyberattack.
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China shuts down mobile phone service to Xinjiang residents who use VPNs to jump over Great Firewall

China shuts down mobile phone service to Xinjiang residents who use VPNs to jump over Great Firewall | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
In the Chinese government's latest move to tighten even further its
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China allows online media to report news - Xinhua | English.news.cn

China allows online media to report news - Xinhua | English.news.cn | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
China granted press credentials to employees of news websites on Friday, giving interview and reporting rights to online media for the first time.
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Pocket: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities

Pocket: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
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Conversations with North Koreans | NK News - North Korea News

Editor’s note: All North Koreans in the following story have been given pseudonyms. “What about this Donald Trump guy?” It was a fair question, but the last I expected from a North Korean. Mr. Gang, I’ll call him, is a wealthy, middle-aged businessman from Pyongyang. We met outside the North a few weeks ago, waiting for the same flight. I was on my way to visit North Korea with a group tour, and Mr. Gang was headed home. He was glad to meet me, he said. I was the first American he’d ever spoken
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N. Korean tablet has components made in South | NK News - North Korea News

N. Korean tablet has components made in South | NK News - North Korea News | Cyber Affairs | Scoop.it
A tablet PC currently available in the DPRK contains a component manufactured by a South Korean company, a defector group called the North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity announced recently. The organisation’s head Kim Heung-kwang is a defector who up until 2003, was a professor at North Korea’s Hamhung University of Computer Technology. Kim disassembled one of the “Ryonghung” tablets, to find they contained memory manufactured by South Korea’s SK Hynix based in Icheon. “The South Korean memory c
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