MANAGING EDITOR ZHI JIAO DANIELLE GOH WRITES — Clubhouse has recently gained media and investment attention, having secured roughly a billion valuation-10 times higher than its actual app valuation. But what, exactly, is Clubhouse? It’s an audio chat-based social media app created during the pandemic. Users can hop in and out of…Full Article CHINA: HOW LONG CAN CLUBHOUSE LAST?
LIAM ROGERS WRITES — The people and government of Pakistan are protesting French President Emmanuel Macron’s response to the killing of a French high school teacher, Samuel Paty, on October 16th, as well as Macron’s anti-separatism bill signed into law October 2. Meanwhile.the French government has begun closing mosques, naming…Full Article PAKISTAN: ISLAMOPHOBIA TAKES TO THE STREETS
RACHEL OAKES WRITES: What do jaywalking, Facebook, and the cure for cancer all have in common? This may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but in reality these things share a paramount common ground: they could cost (or win) China the modern tech race, and all their national…Full Article CHINA: JACK MA SAYS THE BIG SHOTS IN SOCIAL MEDIA MUST STOP DUCKING RESPONSIBILITY
SEBASTIAN SEGURA WRITES – Russia has threatened to ban U.S. media in retaliation for pressure being put stateside on Russia Today, a TV station viewed by many as a propaganda channel for the Kremlin. The threatened ban also comes after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s statement that Russia bought thousands of…Full Article MOSCOW: FROM RUSSIA, BUT NOT WITH LOVE
SEBASTIAN SEGURA-ACOSTA WRITES – On September 20th, renowned actor, Morgan Freeman, became the recent victim of Kremlin criticism after making a video calling for an investigation of Russia’s confirmed cyber-meddling in U.S. affairs. Soon after the video went live, social media bots, paid trolls, and the uninformed public ravaged the…Full Article RUSSIA: FACEBOOK PLANS TO RELEASE OVER 3,000 RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA ADS
FASSA SAR WRITES – Did we in the West think that Virtual Reality (VR) crashed and burned months ago? it is quite the opposite in Asia. VR has taken that huge market by storm and offered consumers in the Asia-Pacific region various easy-ways to enjoy this brilliant new technology. Consumers…Full Article VIRTUAL ASIA: THE GROWING MARKET REALITY OF DYNAMIC VR
TOM PLATE WRITES – They say some things have to be seen to be believed, which is probably why the sight of a jaunty Mark Zuckerberg social-networking through Tiananmen Square on a bicycle (of all things) was almost unbelievable — unless you were there. Am I saying that the chairman,…Full Article HONG KONG: THE ‘FOOLISHNESS’ OF ZUCKERBERG – AND THE TOM PLATES OF THE WORLD
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES — With more than 15 million users in 24 countries, Facebook’s Internet.org, has charmed the eyes of many Indians. The program aims to bring free Web access to the developing world, but because of controversy over the number of websites a user can visit, the project’s been renamed “Free Basics.”…Full Article INDIA: Is Free Internet Really Free?