China’s urge to capture technology is also generating fear across various partner countries. The conflicts are not helping China and it would have to position itself, where its rise is not seen as a threat or as a destabilising entity. It is all the more important when China has also witnessed an unprecedented slowdown in the last 30 years. The growth slowed to 6.1 per cent last year, which is likely to go down to 6 per cent this year. … [Read more...] about Trade | How real is the truce in the US-China trade war?
The Ringification of the neighborhood My neighbors—on each side of my house and across the street—all use Amazon’s Ring doorbell. This sometimes raises opportunities to measure my commitment to privacy. For several nights in a row this past summer, some kids (I assume) were egging cars on our block. Eventually it was my “turn,” and I woke up to my neighbor knocking on my door to inform me that my car had been egged. He said he had footage from the incident captured by his Ring, and that, if I wanted, he could send it to the police. I thanked him, but politely declined the offer. I live in Dearborn, Michigan, which has the largest population of Muslims in the United States, and I am certainly not going to involve the police when there’s a strong possibility that it might endanger a Muslim kid over a problem that can be solved with white vinegar. Surveillance often encourages “solutions” that far outstrip the level of the infraction. … [Read more...] about The two faces of the smart city