Author: Tommy Sutjipt

CHINA: CENSORSHIP SYSTEM LEADS TO A NEW DE-POLITICIZED SOCIAL MEDIA AGE

TOMMY SUTJIPTO WRITES – Although heavily censored, social networking sites in China continue to grow, develop, and attract hundreds of new users daily. Indeed, marketing analysts say the country is experiencing a social boom, with users drawn by innovative digital services and slick marketing efforts. According to Benjamin Duvall at Linkfluence, China is “recognizably the world’s biggest growth engine and source of digital innovation.” Duvall says that by 2018 China will outspend the U.S. in digital R&D two-to-one. Developmental research is the primary phase where technology becomes profit-oriented or commercialized. In other words, Chinese social media will continue to...

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CHINA: THE WAR AGAINST BITCOIN

TOMMY SUTJIPTO WRITES – It is official, China has entered a war against the digital currency, Bitcoin. China’s ban on the worldwide crypto-currency is no longer considered a rumor or fake news, but rather an official statement issued by the country’s government and financial regulators. China’s analysts and economists alike sound the alarm and warn that by buying into Bitcoin, China inevitably condemns itself to grave consequences. The effects are likely to be devastating and lasting; analysts are already forecasting, debating and devising rehabilitation plans for the country’s economy. So why has China banned Bitcoin and how is it...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the influential Pacific Century Institute.

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Ryan Lippert
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