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  • Earthling 12:03 am on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: China, chinese, chinese surveillance, communists, cyberwarfare, data protection, data security, Edmodo, EdSurge, , Net Dragon, Pep So, , personal information, William Carter   

    Chinese investments in education may have an effect on American data security 

    EdSurge released material on what will happen to the confidentiality of student data when Chinese companies purchase American educational startups.

    The face recognition technologies used in China raise many concerns among experts in the field of data protection. Now Chinese companies are investing more and more in American educational technology. For example, the Chinese game developer Net Dragon bought the school management system Edmodo for $137.5 million. Edmodo is used in many American schools and has about 90 million users.

    “Experts worry about what will happen to the personal data of the students. Data is a strategic resource,” says William Carter, Deputy Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “If China gets access to a lot of US data, it will have a strategic impact on the United States.”

    Representatives of Net Dragon argue in reponse that their goal is to increase profits, and not spying. According to Pep So, Corporate Development Director at Net Dragon, the company will act in accordance with the US Federal Act on the Protection of the Personal Information of Children on the Internet. “Of course, we want to protect the data of our users, but we also want to get into the target audience, and it’s quite difficult to achieve a balance here. Right now we do not have a clear answer as to what can or shouldn’t be done. To be honest, I think this is something Facebook does not know,” commented So.

    Translated from Edutainme: http://www.edutainme.ru/post/data-china-usa/

     
  • Earthling 1:12 am on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ancient Chinese instruments, Archeology in China, China, Chinese musical instruments, Qin Dynasty, Shimao Neolithic discovery, varangi   

    China: Scientists discover ancient musical instruments 

    Scientists have discovered ancient musical instruments in China. The age of the instruments is estimated at approximately 4,000 years. The expedition was conducted in Shaanxi Province, in the northwest part of the country, according to Actual News.

    The scientists found more than 20 ancient varangas during the excavations on a Neolithic site in Shimao. Each instrument was made from a bone having a length of 8-9 centimeters and a width of 1 centimeter. During the excavations, the researchers also found other artifacts, including items made of ceramics.

    Chinese varangi are mentioned in historical testimonies, which scientists attribute to the times of the Qin dynasty (221 BC). Instruments were used by some ethnic groups, not only in the Chinese Empire, but also in other countries of the world.

    Translated from gumilev-center.ru (http://www.gumilev-center.ru/v-kitae-obnaruzheny-drevnie-muzykalnye-instrumenty/)

     
  • Earthling 10:55 pm on May 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Atheism, China, Communist psychopaths, , , , Persecution of Kazakhs, Persecution of Uighurs, , Religious persecution, Torture, Torture accounts, Uighur people   

    China: First-hand account from inside a Chinese racist-atheist brainwashing camp 

    According to statistics from the US State Department, at least tens of thousands of Uighurs in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China are detained in “reeducation camps” set up by the authorities. Uighurs and some scholars who are exiled overseas say that this number may be as high as almost one million.

    One doesn’t have to do anything wrong to end up in these camps, of course. There is extreme surveillance in Xinjiang, so that people are watched even in their own homes through visits and “homestays” by government officials, and also through their phones and other electronics. In public places, they are carefully watched by surveillance cameras. If someone prays, fasts for Ramadan, or reads the Quran, they are at risk of being abducted and put in one of these horrible camps for as long as the government likes.

    Recently, survivors of Xinjiang prisons and “reeducation camps” told the Associated Press about their horrific experiences during their imprisonment. These are by far the most detailed testimonies of the internal conditions of these detention facilities.

    Amir Bekali, 42, was born in China to Kazakh and Uighur parents. In 2006, he emigrated to Kazakhstan and obtained citizenship there three years later. In March 2017, he returned to China to visit family. He was surprised to find that the hometown he left over a decade ago had changed beyond recognition. It had become a place of pervasive surveillance and arbitrary detentions.

    A few days after his arrival, Bekali too was arrested. The police said that Karamay City had a warrant for his arrest. That was where he had lived over a decade ago. Bekali was kept in solitary confinement for a week before being transferred to the public security authorities in Karamay. The focus of the police interrogation was his cooperation with a travel agency in Kazakhstan. The authorities said that they helped Chinese Muslims obtain Kazakhstan tourist visas so they could flee China.

    He stretched out his arms and showed how his body was hung up. His feet could barely reach the ground and he could not sleep for four days and nights.

    He said that on weekdays, his hands and feet were tied to iron shovels and he was tied to his bed [translation is dubious here]. He could not stand upright or move freely.

    “I’d go to sleep and hang my hand on the iron gate. It was like ‘toss me and torture me.’”

    “They tried to make me confess to endangering national security. This was the first charge; the second was organizing terrorists, inciting terrorists, and shielding terrorists.”

    Bekali was released from this torture thanks to the intervention of Kazakhstan’s diplomats. He was not freed but was put into a “reeducation camp.”

    There, he and 40 other people were locked up in a room. Day after day, they would get up early in the morning, sing the national anthem, raise the national flag, and then be taken to a big room to sing communist songs. They were taught Chinese and the communist version of Chinese history, and especially about how the Communist Party “liberated” Xinjiang in the 1950s. What kind of liberation is it that entails being imprisoned and tortured? Before eating, they would shout in unison: “Thank the party, thank the motherland, and thank you, President Xi!” and in class, they had to repeat: “We oppose extremism, we oppose separatism, we oppose terrorism.”

    What was most difficult for him to accept was that they had to constantly denounce Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and criticize their loved ones. When Bekali refused to do so, he was stationed on the wall for five hours. One week later, he was kept in solitary confinement and was not allowed to eat for 24 hours. After 20 days in a heavily guarded camp, he thought of suicide.

    Bekali was finally released in the end of November last year, more than eight months after he was arrested.

    After that, he was allowed to leave China. But until today, he still can’t get out of that shadow.

    When you condemn yourself, deny your thoughts, your own nationality, that kind of stress is enormous,” he told reporters in tears. “Every night I think of the experience again until the sun rises. I cannot sleep. These ideas are entangled with me all the time.”

    A few months later, his parents and sister were also placed in “re-education camp.”

    The case of Amir Bekali exposes China’s extreme policies towards Uighurs and Kazakh people,” said Omer Kanat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Uyghur World Congress.

    The “2017 Annual Report” issued by the US Committee of the US Congress pointed out that the religious freedom situation of Xinjiang Uyghur and Kazakh Muslims is deteriorating.

    Note: This was machine translated from Chinese and then edited. Chinese to English machine translations are highly unreliable.

     
  • Jeffrey 5:40 pm on December 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: China, communism, orwell,   

    News: State Terrorism in China 

    Thought Police in China Abduct, Abuse, Brainwash Innocents

    Forced Disappearances in China

    Organ Harvesting in China

    Orwell’s Surveillance State Comes to Life in China

    China Plans to Base Individual Rights on Score Derived from Surveillance

    The overall picture is, the Communists are watching you and if you are religious or free-minded you are more likely to be abducted, tortured, murdered, or have your organs stolen.

    “For the past year, Chen’s war has meant mass detentions, splintered families, lives consumed by uncertainty.”

    “Those of Uighur ethnicity are automatically docked 10 points. Being aged between 15 and 55, praying daily, or having a religious education, all result in 10 point deductions.

    In the final columns, each Uighur resident’s score is tabulated and checked ‘trusted,’ ‘ordinary,’ or ‘not trusted.’ Activists say they anecdotally hear about Uighurs with low scores being sent to indoctrination.” [Independent UK]

    “IMAGINE being abducted and whisked away to a cell where you spend the next several months or years with no charge or conviction. There, authorities torture you and force you to watch films designed to brainwash in a bid to align your views with those of China’s ruling Communist Party.”

    “…You might make it out alive after years of enduring the brutal treatment. Or you might be secretly executed. There’s also a strong chance you might die on the operating table after surgeons sedate you and start removing organs from your body, one by one — while you’re still alive. The government will say that you simply disappeared or that you were never there to begin with. But it’ll most likely say nothing at all.” [News.com.au]

    History: Torture, mass murder, rape and cannibalism in China

     
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