Silver defends NBA employees’ right to free speech as China cancels broadcasts

The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, is scrambling to appease sponsors and broadcasters in China while still preserving the leagues progressive image The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Moreys since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after Chinas state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week. Silver, speaking on Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo before a preseason game between the Rockets and the Toronto Raptors, went as far as to say that he and the league are apologetic that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset by Moreys tweet but insisted that the executive …

Chinas growing digital influence in Africa

There’s been a heap of China in Africa coverage over the last decade, but very little of it is focused on tech. In part, because the country’s engagement with African startups is light compared to its deal-making on infrastructure and commodities. Now, that all looks to be shifting. TechCrunch has tracked moves by a number of Chinese actors in Africa’s tech sector over the past year. This could signal the next chapter in China’s influence in Africa — one more digital than bricks and mortar. Primer on China in Africa To the former, the government of China has designated Africa a strategic priority in its foreign relations and has pursued policies and programs accordingly. Original Article : HERE ; The …

China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history | Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala

The state is enforcing a collective amnesia about not only recent political events but those that happened thousands of years ago Remembering the deaths of burden and an Zhang Xianling, said she had once managed to hold a small act of remembrance at the spot where her 19-year-old son, Xinjiang scholars: with one million Uighurs held in retrofits its history into a vision that starts in the stone age and ends with the Communist party, a single continuum that serves to legitimise the current leadership and its narrative of the past, the present and the future. Beijing is not alone in this exercise of left Africa for China earlier than previously assumed. The debates can get arcane and heated for …

Grindr and the ‘new cold war’: why US concerns over the app are dangerous

The Chinese-owned app does pose data risks but wrongly framing such fears can fuel racism and homophobia For years, American leaders claimed that the internet would bring free markets and liberal democracy to China. Today, they are more likely to express worry about how Chinese power and Chinese money are reshaping American tech. Conventional strategic areas, like artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, have received the most scrutiny. But this week the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) target: the popular gay social networking app Grindr. Grindr is based in West Hollywood and boasts more than 27 million users. The Chinese gaming firm Beijing Kunlun Tech Company acquired it over two years, purchasing a 60% stake in January 2016 and …