China, Technology

PDC 6 – Chinese Travel Tech Unicorn Mafengwo Accused of Using Fake Reviews

The big news in the past few days in Chinese tech space is the massive scandal of fake reviews on Mafengwo(马蜂窝).

For those who don’t know, Mafengwo is a Chinese unicorn startup in travel industry, expected to be valued at $2.5 billion. It operates in the same space as TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet and travel tour agencies.

So what is it all about? Continue reading “PDC 6 – Chinese Travel Tech Unicorn Mafengwo Accused of Using Fake Reviews”

China, Technology

PDC 5 – Is Huawei really tracking you?

So there is this thread on Twitter going around about Huawei phone tracking your location. While it looks scary at first, there are some information gaps in this reverse engineering analysis that made it appear much worse than it actually it. Let me break it down. Continue reading “PDC 5 – Is Huawei really tracking you?”

China, Technology

PDC 4 – Introduction to Public Social Media and Forum Sites in China

You might know the equivalent of Twitter in China, Weibo as the place where Chinese Internet users express their opinions and share their life.

However, Weibo is not the only place where Internet users hang out in China publicly. There are many other platforms in the Chinese Internet where users can discuss current affairs in self-organized communities.

Here are some of the platforms that I know of, ranked by MAU (monthly active users).

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China, Technology

PDC 3 – How Weibo (Chinese Twitter) users earn millions through content monetization

Weibo, for those who don’t know, is the equivalent of Twitter in China. It has more users than Twitter, but that’s not the only difference. Users can monetize their content on Weibo to earn millions of Chinese yuan.

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China, Politics, Technology

PDC 2 – Walking Through the Official Document on China’ Social Credit System

If you follow news on politics or China, you probably know the existence of Social Credit system in China. But all the Western media are too fixated on the citizen score and surveillance part. Let me walk you through the real Social Credit system.

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