China, Politics, Technology

PDC 9 – GitLab and Code Hosting Services in China

With the drama of GitLab considering no-hire policy in China unfolding, the global tech community once again saw an influx of angry Chinese developers. This is hardly surprising considering China probably has the most number of developers on earth. There is a thread dedicated to this issue on Zhihu (知乎, Chinese Quora) and it is getting attention… Continue reading PDC 9 – GitLab and Code Hosting Services in China

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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.… Continue reading PDC 6 – Chinese Travel Tech Unicorn Mafengwo Accused of Using Fake Reviews

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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. Is It An App... Or a Service? In the… Continue reading PDC 5 – Is Huawei really tracking you?

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

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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. How one celebrity earned millions on Weibo The news first broke in May 2018, when one celebrity Chengcheng… Continue reading PDC 3 – How Weibo (Chinese Twitter) users earn millions through content monetization

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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. When the news reports like one from Wired or ABC talks… Continue reading PDC 2 – Walking Through the Official Document on China’ Social Credit System