Hey, #TerraceHouse, this romance flowchart of penguins at the Kyoto Aquarium might inspire your next reality show featuring the dating dynamics of penguins.
In #AI space: Authorities in the UK & Australia are opening a joint investigation into Clearview AI – a much controversial case in data/ #facialrecognition governance since @BuzzFeed’s investigative report (though Clearview has stopped selling its tool to private corp. since May)
“A 100-page civil rights audit [...] lays bare Facebook’s failings, and the auditors conclude that #Facebook’s failure “to grasp the urgency” of the situation will have “direct and consequential implications“ on the U.S. presidential elections in November” https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akz7qa/facebook-finally-agreed-to-a-civil-rights-audit-and-surpri...
“The sound of running water drowned out the constant ringing of his mobile phone, as frantic colleagues tried to warn him that the camera was still rolling.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/03/man-offers-to-resign-after-showing-during-livestreamed...
“The 83 tons of purportedly pure gold that Kingold creditors held in their coffers as of June would be equivalent to 22% of China’s annual gold production.” — @Nikkei Asian Review https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Caixin/Mystery-of-2bn-of-loans-backed-by-fake-gold-in-China
Good morning in sad, jealous tweets. All schools in Taiwan have been open since February. They did not listen to China or WHO in January and immediately masked up and shut down travel. They also traced the hell out of their outbreaks. They were practically done by February.
Today, there will be a statement on Hong Kong National Security Legislation and the UK response. MPs will also debate the remaining stages of the Finance Bill. #PMQs will start at noon. Read more in the #OrderPaper: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmagenda/ob200701.htm
“Steady progress” y’all!
I have to confess, after half a year of pandemic, I am showing signs of cabin fever. If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write. I am spending long hours every day on THE WINDS OF WINTER, and making steady progress. https://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2020/06/23/writing-reading-writing/
Full thread worth reading
A market in Beijing was shut at 3am after #coronavirus was traced there. By 10am authorities visited my house 15km away, going door to door asking if we’ve been to the market or left the city. Walls removed in the Hutongs 1wk ago are back as of 9am. Am I in February again?
“The W.H.O. has been out of step with most of the world on the issue of droplets and aerosols,” said Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota. #coronavirus #pandemic https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/health/coronavirus-asymptomatic-world-health-organization.html
“Between Jan 2, the full genome was first decoded by the PRC & the day WHO declared a global emergency on Jan. 30, the outbreak spread by 100 to 200x, according to retrospective infection data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control & Prevention.“ https://apnews.com/3c061794970661042b18d5aeaaed9fae
There are generations of #HongKong-ers who grow up attending the #TiananmenSquareMassacre vigil, making it a unique part of HK identity, which is closely linked to democratic values & the rejection of censorship. HK is only Chinese city where info on the crackdown isn’t banned.
#HongKong-ers refusing to forget because they know without properly addressing the past, the past is never past.
From this angle, Victoria Park looks almost as busy as it did last year. Hongkongers have come out in force #june4th
Hundreds of thousands #HongKong-ers have been commemorating the #TiananmenSquare crackdown for 30 years, in the only Chinese city free to do so – until the vigil is banned this year. #June4th References to the event are still banned on Chinese Internet. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-01/hong-kong-bans-tiananmen-vigil-for-first-time-in-...