Who watches who: social networks and their discontent

China has a rapidly evolving social media system which is used to, as Albert Zhang puts it, “influence unwitting audiences beyond Chinese territory.” This includes using increasingly sophisticated online tactics to deny, distract and deter revelations or allegations of human rights abuses, including arbitrary detention, mass sterilization and degradation. culture of minorities in Xinjiang”. This includes announcing that “media, think tank and academic research and reporting on Xinjiang was the ‘lie of the century.’ It argues that “the CCP’s information operations targeting Xinjiang narratives and human rights abuses must be countered now to mitigate the CCP’s global campaign of transnational repression. To achieve this, governments and civil society must work more closely with social media platforms and broadcasters to deter and expose propaganda organizations and agents”.

Then (at 13 minutes) is there a Asian digital regime? Professor Milton Mueller argues that there was ‘even if it was closer to a global regime based on the neoliberal principles of free trade and globally distributed supply chains in which Asia played a special role”. It takes us back to the 1980s and 1990s and the heady beginnings of telecommunications and information technology, where a “transnational platform economy based on search, social media, e-commerce, video sharing and applications began to emerge. It was led by American companies, but Chinese start-ups were quickly following.” So what has changed? He says that “the globalized regime from which the countries of East Asia have benefited so much is fragmenting into several large geopolitical blocs – the United States, Europe, China and India – resulting in a more delimited space governed by tensions and power games”.

Also, (at 25 minutes) can Can indigenous knowledge about this country be called science? Dr. Eyal Gringart and Ken Hayward to believe then. After all, “For tens of thousands of years, First Nations peoples have dealt with climate change on this continent and successfully applied their knowledge to land management. Their knowledge and contribution deserve to be fully recognized”. They tell us about the work that some scientists do with aboriginal people knowledge. Including “how implementing Indigenous knowledge about fires can reduce environmental destruction and greenhouse gas emissions.” An example is the West Arnhem Land firefighting project in the Northern Territory. Additionally, “scientists have recognized the accuracy of indigenous knowledge of fire-spreading bird behavior and have worked with traditional owners to gather evidence.” Scientists have documented some species of birds deliberately spreading fires by picking up burning sticks and throwing them into unburned areas to chase their prey. They to believe that “learning to respect Indigenous cultures strengthens our social, economic and environmental resilience”.

Then, (at 38 mins) Amanda climbs on top of her soapbox to complain about underestimating themselves and others.

Finally, (at 39 minutes) we are losing more and more old trees in the wake of climate change, can anything be done to stop this? Jim Robbins argues that it is notTrees clean our water, affect our climate, provide wood for construction, and provide food sources for us and many of the animals we eat. They even seem to somehow be connected to the stars. Yet we know surprisingly little about their role in our world.” He says that “we also lack knowledge of tree genetics: in particular the effects on the gene pool of cutting down virtually all the largest and hardiest trees for timber for many centuries” . This start of change as scientists began to “unpack the importance of ancient tree genetics, with mounting evidence showing that they will play a crucial role in the future of Earth’s forests”. He takes us through some of the projects unfolding, including the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive which strives to understand and protect ancient trees. “Forests and trees are something we can no longer take for granted,” he says, “their existence is increasingly fragile and their loss would be incalculable.”


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