Is data ownership just a fantasy? Why it will take much more than a startup to bring about significant change

We don’t need statistics to tell us that most people have a trade-off between convenience and privacy. Despite concerns over data use, Facebook revenues continue to soar, and Google’s search engine market share has consistently held at around 90% over the past decade. But the “privacy paradox,” the inconsistency between privacy concerns and actual behaviour,Continue reading “Is data ownership just a fantasy? Why it will take much more than a startup to bring about significant change”

Post-pandemic politics would struggle to pull production out of China – here’s why

As of 2018, 28.4% of global manufacturing outputs came from China. That is the same as the US, Germany, France, Italy, and the UK combined. Before the pandemic, the US had already led a gentle push away from Chinese manufacturing, starting with 5G technology. The alternatives have been unimpressive, and few have followed the US’sContinue reading “Post-pandemic politics would struggle to pull production out of China – here’s why”

Condoms top pharmacy sales in Mumbai as Asian condom supply chain bottlenecks

Last week, a survey by online delivery service provider Dunzo, which operates in India’s biggest cities, found that condoms had topped pharmacy sales in Mumbai, India’s largest city. Pregnancy kits and the pill also topped sales in other cities. Elsewhere in India, shopkeepers have reported a 25-35% rise in condom sales, as well as aContinue reading “Condoms top pharmacy sales in Mumbai as Asian condom supply chain bottlenecks”

Three ways users monetize Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese counterpart

Everyone now knows about TikTok, the Gen Z short video app which rose to fame over the past few years. This year has been no different for the app, as it has overtaken Facebook to become the world’s second most downloaded app as people find ways to fill in their free time at home. ManyContinue reading “Three ways users monetize Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese counterpart”

Online education void leaves millions without schooling in Japan

Many schools in other countries have been quick to put their students into new online arrangements following the COVID-19 pandemic. However, when Prime Minister Abe announced the sudden closure of schools from March 2, Japanese students were told to come back to school to pick up sheets of school work. For most schools in Japan,Continue reading “Online education void leaves millions without schooling in Japan”

Bank of China representative shares new information on the upcoming digital CNY

A representative of the state-owned Bank of China has spoken to CCTV, China’s main state-owned television network, about China’s upcoming digital CNY. The representative confirmed that pilot tests had begun in several cities in China. She also confirmed commercial institutions would pay a 100% reserve to the central bank to ensure the digital CNY isContinue reading “Bank of China representative shares new information on the upcoming digital CNY”

Unpopular Chinese app enters UN education list

Alibaba-owned DingTalk, an enterprise communication platform much like Slack, was quick to add a “Homeschooling” feature when schools in China did not reopen after Lunar New Year due to COVID-19. According to Alibaba, 50 million students are now using DingTalk’s Homeschooling features, which include live-streamed classes for up to 300 students, online homework, exams, andContinue reading “Unpopular Chinese app enters UN education list”

Healthcare platforms in China provide free healthcare services to millions

As the COVID-19 outbreak has overwhelmed hospitals and installed social distancing, online healthcare services have become sought after. In China, insurance bureaus, the National Health Commission, and the Central Committee, the political body of the party’s top leaders, have all been quick to support such services. Weimai is one of the healthcare platforms integrating localContinue reading “Healthcare platforms in China provide free healthcare services to millions”

Will streaming save or break the film industry?

Cinemas are in a state of uncertainty in China. As of March 21, more than 507 cinemas had reopened in Mainland China after the nation celebrated several days of near-zero cases of COVID-19. In an attempt to jumpstart the industry, cinemas used tactics such as re-releasing popular films like Avengers, Avatar, and Harry Potter. AllContinue reading “Will streaming save or break the film industry?”

The Apple-Google tracking system is being dubbed the “American Health Code” in China. Here’s why that comparison is misleading

On April 10, Apple and Google announced a partnership on a COVID-19 contact tracing technology. Their engineering teams have grouped to create a decentralized contact tracing tool that will help individuals determine whether they have been near someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems together have around threeContinue reading “The Apple-Google tracking system is being dubbed the “American Health Code” in China. Here’s why that comparison is misleading”

Welcome: On Asia, we observe and bridge

The world is currently changing at unprecedented rates and in uncertain ways. The globalisation we knew that brought positive change to many is now retreating en masse. However, it continues to live on in many places, raising controversy, sparking creativity, and shaping business and politics. We believe our future is in a globalised world. WeContinue reading “Welcome: On Asia, we observe and bridge”

Tech in Asia weekly briefing︱April 10th

Welcome to our first weekly briefing. Whereas our other articles follow one theme each week, this weekly article will give you an overview of tech news across the continent. Do you have any ideas about what you would like to see here each week? Please drop us feedback on social media or email us atContinue reading “Tech in Asia weekly briefing︱April 10th”

Two core reasons tech in Asia is more resilient to the pandemic

As much of the world settles down into lockdown, life is quickly going online. In the following weeks, we will be looking at how technology is helping societies in Asia weather the storm. This week, we begin with a couple of overarching themes. Big data COVID-19 contact tracing systems in Asia have big data toContinue reading “Two core reasons tech in Asia is more resilient to the pandemic”

Is privacy less valued in Asia?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, some Western media outlets have been quick to dismiss lockdown and surveillance systems used in East and Southeast Asia as measures that never could be deployed or supported in the West. These beliefs are briskly being swept under the rug. Nonetheless, the question remains; why are many countries in East andContinue reading “Is privacy less valued in Asia?”

South Korea’s surveillance system is still suffering from growing pains

South Korea has been fast to combat COVID-19, quickly controlling what was at one point the largest outbreak outside of China. The country has experience dealing with influenza outbreaks, in 2012 it dealt with the second-largest outbreak of MERS, with 182 cases and 32 deaths. This time, test kits were developed as soon as theContinue reading “South Korea’s surveillance system is still suffering from growing pains”

How mobile tracking has become part of everyday life in China

Although China is where the COVID-19 outbreak begun, as of April resulting in over 80,000 cases and 3,000 deaths, the outbreak there is now mostly under control. China’s success in drastically flattening the curve in just a few weeks, even to the extent of reporting no new cases for several days, is now of muchContinue reading “How mobile tracking has become part of everyday life in China”