India Mobile Use on the Rise; China’s New Law Expands ‘Great Firewall’

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 12:35 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

A Kashmiri shopkeeper browses internet on his mobile phone as he waits for customers outside his shop in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, April 26, 2017. (AP)

A Kashmiri shopkeeper browses the internet on his mobile phone as he waits for customers outside his shop in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, April 26, 2017. (AP)

Internet Trends Report: India Is Definitely World’s Next Major Tech Market

Thanks to cheaper smartphones and data plans, India now has 355 million internet users. That’s about 27 percent of its population of 1.3 billion – up from 277 million in 2015. That means mobile internet use is also on the rise, accounting for up to 80 percent of all web traffic, which is higher than the global average of 50 percent. There are challenges, however, before India becomes that much-coveted market, including education and infrastructure, lack of purchasing power, stringent regulations and expensive registration for startups, to name a few.

EU: Social Networks Are Getting Better at Reviewing Hate Speech

European Commission officials say social media giants have responded to calls to act on hate speech. According to the officials, Facebook did a better job at tackling hate speech complaints in the last six months than Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft and responded on them within the EU’s specified 24-hour window. The companies registered a 40 percent improvement over the past year in terms of reviewing and removing hate speech.

China Cybersecurity Law Will Keep Citizens’ Data Within the Great Firewall

China’s new cybersecurity law went into effect Thursday. It mandates that all personal information and data used by citizens and companies be stored on Chinese servers in the country. The law imposes severe restrictions on the transmission of scientific or technological data overseas and applies to a wide range of social media and internet firms, including foreign entities. Companies that fail to seek permission before exporting data overseas or violate the new rules risk being blacklisted or having their license revoked.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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