3MTB Newsletter - DNA based surveillance; Audio Tweets; Chrome extension sypwares; and more
“It is not only the army which will give a fitting reply to the Chinese but the people are also with the army and they will respond with their wallets”
— Sonam Wangchuk, Innovator and Education Reformist
Given the new kind of anti-China wave, let us take a look at what India exports to and imports from China. As per this article from Hindustan Times, Indian exports to China are mostly non-tech goods such as cotton, organic chemicals, natural pearls, etc. Whereas, India imports from China tech goods like electronics, electrical equipment, active pharma ingredients (APIs), solar energy components, etc.
Needless to say, the ‘Technology’ deficit is very huge. I hope there is a policy push to develop more core technology products in India and corporates spend more in Tech R&D.
Not everyone is happy with the Facebook-Jio deal. It is reported that Naspers, a company that has invested in Byju’s , Swiggy, etc, is planning to file a complain with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and initiate investigation on the data sharing agreements between Jio & Facebook
Australia has reported a state sponsored cyber-attack that targeted hospitals and utility companies. Experts say that this may be a retaliation of Australia barring Huawei from its 5G infrastructure.
A cyber security firm called Awake Security, reported more than 110 Google Chrome extensions were used to spy on user’s credentials, taking screenshots and stealing passwords while typing. All the browser extensions were tied back to Israeli web hosting company called Galcomm which denied the charges.
Twitter starts rolling out audio tweets of up to 140 seconds, essentially solving an accessibility problem for the visually challenged users. It is now available only in iOS. There is no update on when this feature will be launched in Android.
WhatsApp launches payments service in Brazil.
Now WhatsApp users in Brazil can make payments to each other within the app. This was a surprise announcement given that WhatsApp payment service is yet to be launched fully in India. The payment is free between consumer, but businesses will be charged a hefty 3.99%. This is more than credit card commission rates.
In Brazil, Facebook leveraged Facebook Pay, its own payment system. In India WhatsApp planned to use UPI, but is facing lots of legal and compliance issues.
The Chinese tech giant is planning to build a 320 acre city dubbed ‘Net City’ in Shenzhen. The city would serve as a hub for the company with residential and commercial features, and will be built in the reclaimed land of Pearl River estuary
An unique feature of the city is the plan to go entirely car-free, but will focus more on autonomous mobility solutions. The plan is similar to Toyota’s 175 acre city.
China’s DNA Surveillance
This one takes surveillance techniques beyond imagination. As per a NYT report, China is collecting blood samples from almost all of its male population to build a genetic map of 700 million males. So using a males’s sample like blood, saliva or any other genetic material, an agency can trace all the male relatives of this person.
It all started in 2016 with the arrest of a person for bribery charges. Analyzing his genes, government agencies found that he is related to another male who had committed serial rapes and murders in 2005 and had left his genetic material at the crime site.
Though the official intention is to limit crime, critics say that the database can be used against the families of a criminals as well.
Till the next edition, Stay Home, Stay Healthy & Stay Safe..!!!