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Would You Report Chinese Corruption to an Anonymous Government Website?

September 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In an effort to rein in online extortion and restore control over whistleblowers, China’s government is cracking down on online “rumor-mongering” of the sort that disrupts the “social order.” On Thursday, to forward the latter goal, Cui Shaopeng, a senior Communist party discipline official, announced the launch of a new ...

China Could Become the First Country to Legalize Parcel Delivery by Drone

September 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In building drones that kill people, the US has a couple-decade head start on China. But when it comes to domestic uses, US businesses are hamstrung because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) isn’t required to issue commercial drone rules until 2015. In the meantime, one of China’s biggest delivery companies ...

China's Military Hackers Are Trying to Break into America's Infrastructure

August 6, 2013 The question of whether the Chinese military is on a hacking offensive has largely been answered—and, despite Chinese government protestations, it sure looks like a pretty big “yes.” However, beyond the widely reported infiltration of foreign companies, the question of what else it’s hacking remains hazy. But new research confirms ...

The Chinese Army Is Trying to Hack a Missouri Water Plant

August 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The question of whether the Chinese military is on a hacking offensive has largely been answered -- and, despite Chinese government protestations, it sure looks like a pretty big “yes.” However, beyond the widely reported infiltration of foreign companies, the question of what else it’s hacking remains hazy. But new ...

Inside China’s Crazy Plan to Build the Longest, Most Expensive, Most Dangerous Underwater Tunnel on the Planet

July 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Deep beneath the Bohai Sea, Chinese engineers may soon begin boring the longest submarine tunnel on the planet. At an estimated 76 miles (123km) long, it would surpass the combined length of world’s two longest underwater tunnels—Japan’s Seikan Tunnel and the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France. To connect ...

From Boston to Sichuan, Messaging Apps Come to the Rescue When Cellphone Networks Fail

April 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Both in last week’s Boston bombings and last weekend’s earthquake in China’s Sichuan province, mobile-phone networks were quickly overwhelmed as people rushed to call family and friends. In both cases, users took to services that use bandwidth more efficiently, like text messaging, microblogging and instant-messaging apps. Voice calls consume about ...

Six Reasons Why Chinese People Will Drive the Next Bull Market in Bitcoin

April 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whatever the case against bitcoin as an alternative currency, there’s one country where people probably won’t need much persuading to join the craze. Here’s why China could drive a further bit-boom: 1. They’ve already done the whole virtual currency thing—with Q Coin. Or at least 100 million of them did. ...

Intel and Baidu Join Forces as They Scramble to Keep Up with Mobile Growth

April 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Intel is teaming up with leading Chinese search engine Baidu to develop software for China’s mobile internet market, partnering on a joint-innovation lab. Chinese companies manufacture the most PCs and smartphones in the world, making the venture a no-brainer for the US semiconductor maker. Meanwhile, Baidu’s product development has been ...

Tableau’s $150 million IPO offers more proof of Big Data’s big growth potential

April 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “Visual analytics for everyone,” proclaims Tableau Software’s homepage. True to its word, the company makes software for creating maps and charts that is both free and Luddite-proof—enough, at least, to be popular among reporters at the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post, as VentureBeat reports. Its bread and butter, ...

Did Tencent just build a way around the Great Firewall of China?

March 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tencent, China’s largest tech company, just launched a multilingual version of its chat platform QQ on Facebook. QQ is the Chinese equivalent of Yahoo Messenger, circa 2003—only it has 800 million active users. And the version of QQ that Tencent made for Facebook isn’t much different: Its core function is ...