Online data theft is rife in China, affecting more than 80% of Internet users, and tech companies often display a cavalier attitude to using people’s personal information. But things may change. In May, the government implemented new data protection rules called the Personal Information Security Specification, which was hailed by some analysts as a watershed for data privacy, with a few even comparing it to the European Union’s game-changing General Data Protection Regulation law. While there are important differences between the two, Beijing’s new rules appear to reflect a wider shift in the way the Chinese government, companies and consumers perceive online privacy.
As we buy online, little do we realize how online buying platforms such as e-commerce websites influence our purchase decision making process. Each time you buy something online, you don’t realize that your choice is not yours alone. Throughout the buying process your decision is influenced—both at a conscious and subconscious level—by an online procurement […]
How virtual organizations are changing the social operating system. Prosecutions for online thievery and piracy may grab headlines, but there is another side to the civilizing of the cyber-frontier that may be more significant in the long run–the new systems of organization and self-governance that are enabling people to work together on the internet and […]
In January 2013, China’s internet user base reached 564 million users. China’s smartphone users have also surpassed the 300 million mark, signaling a tectonic shift towards mobile internet usage. Despite strict censorship controls on internet content in China, social media has caught on with unprecedented momentum. Established Twitter-like platforms such as Sina Weibo and Tencent […]