Several facts that suggest how China mishandles information technology in the Digital Age:

  1. Governments’ web portals are chronically crappy. The webpages are strewn with technical issues, and desired information is not always forthcoming. These sites are designed as vanity projects instead of functional, reliable platforms for civil services.

  2. An infamous state-funded project involves the development of a purportedly new, revolutionary coding language, which turns out to be a modification of Python.

  3. All social media services in the country never treat user data seriously. They can delete your social profiles without giving notice or valid accounts. They arbitrarily do so all the time. They don’t care if your profile needs a backup or is linked to some other services (like those allowing logins with Facebook/Twitter/Google). They can wipe out all your data in a split second. Meanwhile, they monitor users’ privacy and are ready to trade it for their own benefits.

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