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Mar 23 3 tweets 2 min read
For ppl who are following the #Tiktok hearing at the Capitol Hill now: #Bytedance, the parent company of the social media app, established it's own Communist Party's committee in 2017.
Orders to compromise data can be ordered from the party's chain of command, not by state.
Data in Texas alone cannot safeguard it.
Third party audit of source code and algorithm will not solve it.
As long as there's a chance which a PRC-based Bytedance staff can touch upon US-based user data, the CCP chain of command can order them to extract it w/o consequences.
For more information on CCP's operation in PRC's tech companies, check out @rockngo's China Digital Times article.

I met Prof. Xiao a decade ago when I was in Berkeley. His project is a decade strong!


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Mar 23
#HongKong pro-democracy veteran Albert Ho has been arrested again and had his court bail ceased. Several media reported that he may contact Andrew Chiu's family in an attempt to send a message to the defendant-turn-witness in #NSL47 case.
Chiu has always been controversial... Image
1/ You may probably know him b/c of this incident happened in Taikoo at the height of #antielab protest back in 2019.

People outside the core of #HongKong politics may sympathise with him and give subsequent recognition.

That's not quite the case for those in the field. Image
2/ Chiu was well-known for 2 things among people in #HongKong politics. 1) His questionable doctoral degree & 2) His biz dealings w/ pro-#Peking politicians.

His honourary degree is awarded by SABI university, a known diploma mill. Still, he insisted on his doctoral title. Image
Read 6 tweets
Feb 7
So, who are the core police informants in the #HongKong pro-democracy 47 case? This has been talking on forums and social media for almost a day.

I attended 1 of the meetings hosted by Benny Tai, and I felt unsafe attending further. I was right

Let me break the silence. A 🧵
1/ Kim Chan, former auxiliary police and ex-DAB councillor assistant, claimed to switch sides b/c of Benny Tai's leadership in the 2014 Umbrella Movement.

He joined Tai's Operation Wind & Cloud (風雲計劃) in 2017, the plan to let all District Council seats contested in 2019.
2/ Chan started his groundwork in early 2019 but declared to withdraw 2 months before the election and let my HKU-mate Daniel Lei contest the constituency instead.

He spent 2 years in Tai's incubation programme and pull out suddenly. That's an alarm bell.
Read 10 tweets
Feb 6
1/ Finally, they're on trial.
I have love and hate feelings on 47 #HongKong pro-democracy primary candidates & organisers. Some of them were my close friends and allies for years while some launched smear campaigns against me simply b/c I boycotted.

2/ Setting all political differences aside, they shouldn't be jailed in the first place. It is the Peking which implanted the draconian #NationalSecurityLaw through the backdoor in the Basic Law to make things which is perfectly legal on the books become "illegal".
3/ Most of the 47 defendants were with good guys: They want #HongKong to be a better & fairer place for everyone. And they have been doing that for years or even decades. I was glad to walk w/ them.

Claudia Mo's 2nd LegCo campaign in 2012.
Roy Tam & I in Occupy Movement in 2014.
Read 8 tweets
Feb 5
Reading@BeijingToBrit on the UK Gov's latest Procurement Bill to ban Hikvision and Dahua, the 2 companies censoring everyone in#China and involved in Xinjiang's camps.
I managed Hikvision consoles in 2017 & here are my takes. A short🧵open.substack.com/pub/beijingtob…
1/ Going to Ap Liu Street in #HongKong, one'll see over a dozen CCTV stores selling Hikvision and Dahua products. Both have PRC & int'l versions.

Hikvision's HK distributor is WECL, the largest retailer in Ap Liu St.. Cameras are all over their showroom. That's not the pt. Image
2/ The point is: CCTV using analog tech. (Coaxial cables) alone will not pose threats. Hikvision's brief to MPs on replacing all Hikvision's systems in the UK is £8M is a bluff.

It is their IP-based products, particularly video recorders, impose threats.
Read 7 tweets
Jul 20, 2022
1/ 3 years since the cross-border terrorist attack in #YuenLong, the #HongKong authorities are still concealing the truth. It's clear that the attack is well-coordinated by those in power behind the scene. If not, school heads in the district won't get the reminder ahead. A 🧵
2/ Max Chung & I felt it was our duty to light up the candle and curse the darkness. Therefore, we launched the Take Back #YuenLong / Liberate YL protest on the July 27. For sure, the police won't let us through by using many technical reasons.
3/ We fought hard at the appeal board we couldn't make it. As the protest has been well-advertised, #HongKongers flock to the satellite town on the day anyway.
Village leaders tried to negotiate w/ us before the day but have been called off as they blocked the protest permit.
Read 14 tweets
Jun 11, 2022
3 years ago today, an event changed #HongKong forever: The police dispersed #antiELAB protesters outside of #LegCo on #Jun12. It marks the start of the (last) pro-democracy struggle of the city. A thread. (1/9)
At the moment when the police fired their first shot, I was being interviewed by the PTS #Taiwan. Link: bit.ly/3xi7STc. After the interview, I headed back to CITIC Tower and see what I could help. (2/9)
The atrium of the building was full of smoke and people were being treated by volunteer first responders. The police didn’t stop firing the teat gas outside of the LegCo and subsequently cleared off the area. The rest is history. (3/9)
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