The New Media in China has made the fusion of the Arts and Science possible. These art works are displayed at the Millennium Art Museum of the China Millennium Monument in western Beijing. Teachers and students from 28 prestigious universities around the world, including 11 Chinese institutions of higher learning, are showing their "new media art" works, ranging from video art, digital art and animation to flash art and sound art.
The exhibition, organized by Tsinghua University, the ZKM Art and Media Centre of Germany and the V2 Art Exhibition Association of Netherlands, includes the work of students from the nine most important Chinese art academies and Peking and Tsinghua universities. The exhibition has been attracting a lot of attention in Beijing where the arts are very big at this time. New media art works allow more interaction between art and the viewer than does traditional art, which make it fun to visit the exhibition, said Wang Yudong, deputy curator of the Millennium Art Museum.
A lot more artists have since then found more freedom in artistic expression with the aid of computer software such as "Painters." Majors in new media art are now offered in almost all important Chinese art academies and more and more universities in the country, following the example of the China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, which in 1996 was the first Chinese academy to open a new media arts studio, winning it a leading position in the field.
Using the Internet for advertising and exchanging commercial information has become fairly common. The importance of the Internet for commercial purposes has been underlined by the Chinese government's acceptance of the use of the Internet to conclude contracts in the draft Unified Contract Law. Shopping on-line is also becoming more popular. The first electronic business in China, run by the Xinhua Bookstore, started operation in the spring of 1996. Furthermore, most tertiary level academic institutions are connecting to the Internet. Also, China's first digital library system was established in Shenyang in October 1998.
Mobility is a hot term in 2007, mobile news, mobile magazine, mobile email and mobile share trading , mobile media is fast becoming an big industry in the new media category. For example, in March, 2008, for the first time, mobile media was allowed by the government to be reported in the annual sessions of the People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which is regarded as an important sign that mobile media are being recognized by the government. At present, mobile news has over 20 million users, and the figure is still increasing rapidly.
MIIT Punished 600 Telecom Service Providers For Spam Short Messages In Q3
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has published a report on the service quality of the country's telecom service providers in the third quarter of the year.
The report shows that in the period, more than 13000 mobile terminals involved in illegally sending of group short messages were shut down. In addition, over 600 telecom value-added service providers were punished for illegal practices, and about 11000 basic telecom service providers were either closed or asked to rectify their SMS businesses.
Previously, MIIT issued a circular which stated that the total short messages sent via each mobile phone number during non-holiday days shall not be more than 1000 or else the SMS function of the mobile phone will be screened. However, with the coming of 3G, spam short messages and malware programs are now beginning to attack 3G mobile phones.
MIIT's statistics show that in the third quarter, a total of 10791 complaints were received, 30% of which were made about communication service quality, which was an increase of 3.7% compared with that of the previous quarter.
How new media influence China in a good way:
- Although this article show how mobile phone have been used for spamming (a negative thing), MIIT also known as China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has done ways to stop this problem
- The very fact that MIIT combat this problem of new media is a positive thing because there will be lesser complaints
Pigs get ID chips in central China
(Xinhua)Updated: 2009-11-20 19:18
CHENGDU: Pigs in southwest China from Friday began having two identity chips fixed on their back legs detailing where they were butchered, examined and sold.
Forty-five markets in downtown Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, have started to sell pork with ID chips, said a spokesman with the city's food and drug administration on Friday.
Two plastic rings containing the chips with information on where the pig was bred are fixed around the pig's hinder limbs before it is sold to a slaughterhouse.
Additional information is added to the chips as the pig gets slaughtered, inspected and sold to the end market.
The chip is scanned when each piece of pork is sold so that the customer can have a receipt with a code that links to an entry that records the slaughter, inspection and sale of the pork in a city database.
Every seller is required to scan the chip of meat they purchase so that the system logs how much pork they have in stock. Meanwhile, their electronic scales are linked to the market system to keep track of how much pork they sell.
"The amount of pork sold must not exceed that of pork purchased. That way we make sure no pork comes from illegal channels," the spokesman said.
The customer could inquire about the pork by phone, text message or on the administration's website to ensure it was safely bred, butchered, stored and transported as well as properly examined.
Pork seller Wu Bo welcomed the policy. "Customers can now buy without hesitation. With the chips, they can eat without worry," Wu said. "If anything goes wrong with the quality, we know who to blame."
The city government and seller pays for every identity chip, which costs two yuan (29 U.S. cents), the spokesman said. "The cost is too small to affect the pork price."
The chips were tightly fixed and were almost impossible to take off without breaking them, the spokesman said in response to questions on whether the identity chips can be swapped.
Each of the pork pigs sold in Chengdu will get ID chips by the end of next April, the spokesman added.
How new media influence China in a positive way:
- These ID chips enable the authorities to locate pigs and also for the public to eat pork knowing that it was safely bred, butchered, stored, transported and well examined.
- In other words, the authorities track these pigs and the use of ID chips is also a form of communication between them.
- Thus, it reduces illegal butchering and minimize food poisoning since every seller is required to scan the chips so that the system logs how much pork they have in stock.
More cameras to watch Chongqing
By Wang Huazhong (China Daily)Updated: 2009-11-11 08:28
CHONGQING: Nearly 500,000 surveillance cameras will watch public places in Chongqing by 2012, in accordance with a new government initiative. By installing new cameras and updating surveillance systems, city officials will see an improvement in video quality. Also, the total number of cameras will reach 497,000 by 2012, city government officials said.
The plan aims to improve public security and enhance police capabilities in handling emergencies, thus advancing a "Safe Chongqing," a police source said. This vision is the government's top agenda and has been pushed forward by the unprecedented dragnet of Chongqing gangs since June.
The ongoing anti-gang operation, which had arrested 385 and prosecuted 327 people for their suspected involvement in gangs this year, was overwhelmingly supported by the public and has instilled the citizens' confidence in the government, surveys showed.
"Under the current backdrop and the irreversible trend of cracking down on gangs, it is not hard to understand why the public has favored the installation of so many controversial surveillance cameras," said professor Fang Ling, director of the law research center at the Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences.
New regulations stipulate that six types of private areas, such as hotel rooms and dormitories, should be exempt from the lens.
The city already has 310,000 video cameras rolling, but the quality of the video is questionable and standards are not yet consistent, according to a Chongqing Daily report.
Random interviews by China Daily of dozens of people in the street showed that many underestimated the number of cameras already in operation in the city. Some were astounded to learn that cameras, besides electronic ones deployed to photograph vehicles violating traffic rules, even existed in public places.
"Is 500,000 too many? Are we being watched now?" said a 28-year-old freelancer, Hu Ming, who, among others, thought the number of functioning ones was 10,000 at maximum.
But most of them said they don't think cameras will violate their privacy.
The majority of the interviewees said the cameras are for the good to collect evidence against thieves, robbers and criminals.
"What's the big deal? The cameras do not watch you exclusively. They record everyone in public," said Xue Shiyu, an undergraduate student from Chongqing University.
"When in crowded public places, I don't think it's annoying to be watched by one more pair of eyes behind screens," she added.
Calling for an enhanced awareness of privacy, Fang, however, said people must constantly monitor their privacy to make sure their rights are not violated.
"People may not know that their behaviors, dress styles and even their inelegant looks when sleeping on buses is protected privacy and that they are vulnerable to be exploited by people who watch them," Fang said.
One example of the exploitation was reported in January 2008 when a video clip of a couple hugging and kissing in a Shanghai subway station, with their faces recognizable, was circulated on the Internet for others' amusement. The video was taken by three subway staff members, who used mobile phones to record the footage.
"It takes time for people to build an understanding of the right to privacy. We must make sure that surveillance cameras are not abused," Fang said.
An expatriate in Chongqing was a bit worried about the installment of more cameras.
"A citizen's right of privacy could be compromised. It is not comfortable to be monitored while you are shopping or dining in a restaurant, for instance," said Tony Spenser, an Englishman in his 60s
How new media influence China in a positive way:
- Cameras in public allows relevant authorities to keep track of its citizens in public
- This is part of the anti-gang movement which is common in Chongqing
- Although some argues that it violates citizen’s right of privacy, majority of the people who are interviewed did not feel that way, probably because it is still a public place after all
- Installation of new and more cameras will mean that the authorities will be able to keep a vigil eye and communicate with its citizens in efforts to deter gang fights
iPhone sets up Apple cart for crazy fans
By Gan Tian and Wang Xing (China Daily)Updated: 2009-10-31 08:38
Cliched undoubtedly, but the early bird did catch the Apple worm and fortune did favor those who braved Friday's cold and rain with a trendy gadget called iPhone.
In Beijing, a large crowd gathered at The Place shopping center many hours before the much-hyped iPhone was officially launched on the Chinese mainland.
A few hundred people queued up at The Place, with Henan province native Zhi Xianzhong in the front. The 32-year-old became the first person to get the iPhone from China Unicom, Apple's partner, at 7 pm after weathering the cold and rain for 7 hours and 40 minutes.
The handset, which Zhi said would be a gift for his wife, came with a certificate.
Liu Xinling, 25, too got a certificate from China Unicom, for she was the first to book a handset online at 00:02 am on Oct 1.
"I kept refreshing the Unicom website continually before logging on to book the handset," she said.
An iPhone 3GS handset (without connection) costs 4,999 yuan ($733), more than half of the country's per capita urban disposable income, and about 25 percent more than what it sells for in Hong Kong.
But the high price did not scare away iPhone fans, who love the gadget for its "creative functions, breathtaking design and faster speed".
Hundreds of fans cheered when the Apple store in Sanlitun opened sales at 8 pm. Zhao Xin, 31, a salesman, became the first to buy the iPhone from the store.
With pop music, flashlights, fashionistas and shoppers, the Sanlitun store became a big party venue for buyers. The store had made arrangements for its staff to help buyers install software and know more about it. The proud new owners also got help from the slides in the three giant iPhones hanging from the glass walls.
Soon, Apple fans were seen "helloing" each other and making plans for celebrating their luck.
Li Liang, 25, bought an iPhone even though he was not happy that the official handset was not equipped with WiFi.
"I know a lot of fans are like me. They have a touch of iPod, which has WiFi, and they buy an official iPhone that has some localized functions," Li said
Luo Baohuang, a public relations manager, and a few iPhone fanclub members even threw a party at a restaurant to celebrate the occasion after they bought the official iPhones online. Luo, 29, has been using Apple's products for about eight years.
iPhone's official debut on the Chinese mainland has encouraged fans a lot, he said. "We no longer have to go to Hong Kong or the US to buy them," Luo said.
The launch, however, has put users of unauthorized iPhones in a dilemma. It is estimated that the mainland has 700,000 to 1 million unauthorized iPhone users, who smuggled the sets from overseas.
Wang Hongliang is glad that she resisted buying a pirated set. "An unauthorized set has no guarantee of after-purchase service, and you need to re-install its system from time to time, so I waited for the official one," she said.
Some fans are considering giving up their unauthorized phones and buying a "real" one because it has all the functions, Huang Luxia, a 25-year-old white-collar worker, said.
Apple first held talks with China Mobile in 2007 to introduce iPhone on the mainland. But it later turned to China Unicom, which adopted the 3G standard that Apple's iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are compatible with.
Experts said China's ban on the WiFi function in cellphones, the amount of handset subsidy, and Apple's insistence on running its store in China were the major obstacles that had kept iPhones out until Friday.
China Unicom wished the stylish handset to boost its 3G service, launched earlier this year, and help attract elite users from rival China Mobile
How new media influence China in a positive way:
- Introduction of iPhone reduce sales of unauthorized iPhones
- Even people who have bought them are changing to the authorised version
- The demand for iPhone is relatively high and this means that the industry will reap higher economic profit which in return help the nation’s economy