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2017/09/21 | Yin Yijun
Creating Visual Effects for China’s Billion-dollar TV Industry
A visual effects supervisor discusses the future of the profession that brings fantasy to life.
2017/09/21 | Andrea Baldini
Digital Dialogue is Shaping China’s Public Spaces
Online reaction to Shanghai’s controversial sculpture of a urinating man shows how web users can deeply influence the physical realm.
2017/09/14 | Qian Zhecheng
On the Front Line of China’s Chat Sticker Industry
A cartoonist strives to conquer the increasingly competitive sector, one sticker at a time.
2017/09/12 | Oiwan Lam
Mulling the Cost of China Winning the AI Race
'Both Chinese and foreign experts reckon that China has the most advanced — and cheapest — AI-enabled surveillance technology in the world.'
To the End of Overtime: Is 'Dispatch' the Future of Work in Taiwan?
As part-time or short-term jobs become more common, Taiwan is considering legislation to regulate non-conventional employment.
2017/09/07 | Oiwan Lam
China and the End of Anonymous
'Most online comments on the regulation have been hidden on social media — some threads show only two comments out of hundreds, while on others the comment section has been shut down. The majority of comments do not appear on a search.'
2017/09/06 | Zeng Yuli
Why Young Chinese Are Crazy About Online Stickers
Web-savvy ’90s kids are defying social etiquette — and internet controls — with a barrage of self-created, sarcastic stickers.
2017/09/06 | Chublic Opinion
Chinese Netizens, Sports Administrators and the Undoing of a Ping Pong Hero
'It soon became clear that this was not a scheduling error, but an open revolt unprecedented in the history of Chinese Ping Pong.' Another strange happening on the Chinese Internet, unpacked by Chublic Opinion.
Taiwan's Cities Get Smart: Embracing Internet of Things
New smart-city digital technologies involving the Internet of Things are being adopted by the nation’s largest cities and could help spur economic development through industrial transformation. Some of the leading examples so far are the eTag electronic toll collection system, the EasyCard payment platform, and the Wi-Fi system on the Taoyuan Metro. Under planning is a smart-machinery center in Taichung.
2017/08/30 | Rosemary Chen
Robin, the Taiwanese Chatbot Using AI to Talk to Customers in the Local Lingo
'The reason that chatbots are popular right now is not only due to technical innovation, but even more so due to the social media revolution,' says Professor Lee Hung-yi.
2017/08/28 | Zhang Hefei
China's E-Commerce Platforms Wage War
Online shopping sites are scrambling to turn the heads of pickier consumers in search of high-end commodities.
2017/08/28 | Chen Ronggang
China’s Future is Definitely Cashless
Accessible, intuitive mobile platforms have made China an unlikely frontrunner in the race toward becoming a cash-free society.
2017/08/22 | Rosemary Chen
Archiparti, Hong Kong Startup for Architects  
It may seem obvious that the job of an architect is to design, but in reality, many spend most of their time processing paperwork and communicating with clients. A Hong Kong startup is tackling the problem.
2017/08/22 | PETER YEOH
In the Brave New World of Bitcoin and Blockchain International Collaboration is Needed
Despite the hazy history and criminal controversies, policymakers in Japan and around the world are starting to realise the potential of digital currency technologies, Peter Yeoh writes.
2017/08/09 | Kuan Chen
Q&A: Eatgether, The App Connecting Strangers Through Food
While technology has distanced us from each other, Eatgether wants to create the possibility for more face-to-face interactions.