China’s copyright watchdog has vowed to take serious measures against lawbreakers following rampant piracy of Spring Festival blockbusters and the availability of illegal download resources on Chinese social media.China’s National Copyright Administration (NCAC) called on netizens to “fight against movie piracy” after finding that full-HD movies had been up for sale on messaging app WeChat and microblogging platform Weibo over the holiday season, priced at RMB 1 ($0.15) for each movie, according to The Paper (in Chinese).China’s box office totaled more than RMB 5.8 billion in the first week of the Chinese New Year (starting Feb. 5), a new record compared to the RMB 5.7 billion during the same period last year, figures from online ticketing platform Maoyan show.In a Weibo post on Sunday (in Chinese), the NCAC asked netizens to blow the whistle on movie pirates by reporting illegal download links.It said it would report offenders to the police and that multiple government departments had stepped up their attempts to curb online piracy over the holiday season.Gong Geer, producer of Chinese sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth,” shared the Weibo post, asking his followers for tip-offs to help crack down on movie pirates.
Artificial intelligence is about to enter high school classrooms.Recently, China’s first AI textbook for middle school students was officially released.Actually, the Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (that’s the name of the nine-chapter textbook) was made under the joint efforts by the research center for MOOC at East China Normal University and AI startup SenseTime Group.It was written by eminent scholars from well-known schools nationwide and it is approved and published by the General Administration of Press and Publication.At present, 40 schools across the country have introduced this textbook as an elective or school-based curriculum, and have become the first batch of AI high education pilot program.‘Unlike other textbooks, this textbook uses a ‘hand-brain combination’ as the main learning method, not only focusing on basics of AI but also paying more attention to practical use of AI in daily life,’ said Chen Yukun, a professor at East China Normal University, who is also a contributor to the book.
Google is still in talks with Beijing over its plans to return to the mainland Chinese market, according to a senior Chinese lawmaker and former top official with knowledge of the negotiations.Last year, leaders of our country’s important department had further communication with Google,” said Liu Binjie, a standing committee member of the National People’s Congress and former head of the General Administration of Press and Publication.Google Scholar, a search engine for scholarly literature, was among the services on Beijing’s priority list for re-entry, according to Liu, who was speaking to the Sunday Morning Post on the sidelines of the China’s annual plenary sessions in Beijing on Friday.“The academic sector will be the first to get through,” Liu said.“China’s focus is on [making] academic progress, such as academic exchanges as well as [exchanges in] science and culture, instead of news, information or politics.”Other Google functions under negotiation included “service functions that do not involve [politically] sensitive information,” according to the lawmaker.