Stories from August, 2018
In July 2018, Chinese state internet regulators received 6.7 million reports of illegal and false information.
Russia's largest social network VKontakte is in hot water again for playing fast and loose with their users' privacy — this time allegedly violating the GDPR regulations.
"A practical concern for any future Northern white rhinos successfully bred through IVF is...where they would live. Much of the sub-species’ former range has lost rhinos in its entirety..."
"It’s time to start monitoring our government, discuss where they went wrong as well as appreciate what they did right. It helps us think logically about the new government’s performance..."
After five months of waiting, Abu Adel finally received a call: 'Apologies for the delay, but France did not accept your file.' The family is still under consideration for resettlement.
"Dozens of Timorese conducted a candle-light vigil in remembrance of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his contribution to the Independence process of East Timor."
"Funny how they call young people snowflakes and entitled when they are the most emotional, inconsistent and self-serving lot in this whole country."
The political and emotional challenges of diaspora activism are complex: "Receiving news firsthand also means feeling it firsthand."
"We refuse to let feminism be used to reinforce the French government’s tendencies toward racism and over-policing."
One user challenged Vkontakte: "How many times have you challenged the security services in court over their demands to hand over user information? You have that right."
"The extent to which violence is escalating in this country is worrying and we should all be concerned. We need to reflect on these matters and find a way forward."
The summer months of July and August in Japan are famed for their fireworks, known as 'hanabi' (花火) in Japanese. Here are some photos.
The #FreeKhayrullo campaign did its job and the government backed down. Now fearless Mirsaidov says he will appeal the conviction.
"If people see my work and start noticing that things aren’t fair, I’ve achieved my aim."
"I was silenced, diminished and at the same time in total awe. This was nature and I understood myself to be at the very heart of it."
"Your censorship is in the closure of concerts...It was always there, you only legalized it. Then you accuse us of politicizing art...Stop already with the repression...."
The capital Kabul is already thirsty, and its population is set to grow by over a third in the next three decades.
"In our new Africa, there is no room for brutality, we cherish each other. Let us debate disagreements, not crush opponents."
"The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook."
"Kerala is striving together...to overcome the catastrophic flood. However...some are trying to malign this great effort with misinformation in the form of fake messages on social media."