Masha Borak

Hong Kong

Masha Borak

Reporter, Technology

Masha Borak is a technology reporter. Before joining the Post, she reported on China tech from Beijing.

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Can China’s drive to protect gig economy workers work by pressing Big Tech to give more?

The focus on labour rights is part of the Chinese government’s push to create a fairer society and narrow the income gap under President Xi Jinping.

The focus on labour rights is part of the Chinese government’s push to create a fairer society and narrow the income gap under President Xi Jinping.

Can China’s drive to protect gig economy workers work by pressing Big Tech to give more?
14 Sep 2021 - 6:36AM
Huawei employs more lobbyists in the EU than Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, but spends less

Huawei has the full-time equivalent of 19 lobbyists on payroll in the EU, more than Big Tech rivals, as it tries to fight curbs to its market access.

Huawei has the full-time equivalent of 19 lobbyists on payroll in the EU, more than Big Tech rivals, as it tries to fight curbs to its market access.

Huawei employs more lobbyists in the EU than Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, but spends less
31 Aug 2021 - 9:05PM
ByteDance makes another move into metaverse with acquisition of VR start-up Pico Interactive

The company said that the VR start-up will support ByteDance’s “entry to the VR space and long-term investment in this emerging field”.

The company said that the VR start-up will support ByteDance’s “entry to the VR space and long-term investment in this emerging field”.

ByteDance makes another move into metaverse with acquisition of VR start-up Pico Interactive
30 Aug 2021 - 10:26PM
China’s privacy law borrows a page from Europe’s GDPR but it goes further as Beijing shores up data security

China’s strict personal information law draws inspiration from Europe’s GDPR but goes further as Beijing moves to shore up privacy and national security.

China’s strict personal information law draws inspiration from Europe’s GDPR but goes further as Beijing moves to shore up privacy and national security.

China’s privacy law borrows a page from Europe’s GDPR but it goes further as Beijing shores up data security
1 Sep 2021 - 11:26AM
Dragonfly FM, once China’s ‘podcast king’, pulled from app stores with 66 other apps for data abuse and pop-ups

More mobile apps have been taken down over privacy issues as China readies its Personal Information Protection Law, with some of the world’s strictest rules on data usage.

More mobile apps have been taken down over privacy issues as China readies its Personal Information Protection Law, with some of the world’s strictest rules on data usage.

Dragonfly FM, once China’s ‘podcast king’, pulled from app stores with 66 other apps for data abuse and pop-ups
26 Aug 2021 - 10:51PM
SenseTime parlays academic bona fides in facial recognition, image processing into world’s largest artificial intelligence platform

China’s AI industry may triple to 453.26 billion yuan in value by 2025 from last year, while a broader AI-driven industry may be as large as 1.66 trillion yuan, which underscores the strategic importance of the field in the Made in China 2025 industrial master plan.

China’s AI industry may triple to 453.26 billion yuan in value by 2025 from last year, while a broader AI-driven industry may be as large as 1.66 trillion yuan, which underscores the strategic importance of the field in the Made in China 2025 industrial master plan.

SenseTime parlays academic bona fides in facial recognition, image processing into world’s largest artificial intelligence platform
22 Aug 2021 - 12:09AM
Didi announces first, albeit delayed, update of its ride-hailing app since Beijing ban and cybersecurity probe

Didi introduces breakdown of drivers income after criticism over lack of transparency on pricing and fee sharing.

Didi introduces breakdown of drivers income after criticism over lack of transparency on pricing and fee sharing.

Didi announces first, albeit delayed, update of its ride-hailing app since Beijing ban and cybersecurity probe
16 Aug 2021 - 10:58PM
China doubles down on smart vehicle data regulation after Tesla’s EV recall

Regulators are doubling down on data and automated driving functions of smart vehicles, months after a massive recall of Tesla’s electric cars over safety concerns.

Regulators are doubling down on data and automated driving functions of smart vehicles, months after a massive recall of Tesla’s electric cars over safety concerns.

China doubles down on smart vehicle data regulation after Tesla’s EV recall
12 Aug 2021 - 9:24PM
Beijing’s Big Tech crackdown stirs a debate over whether it’s hurting or helping the sector compete with US rivals

China’s Big Tech crackdown has spurred debate over whether it will hurt or help the country’s long-term technological development.

China’s Big Tech crackdown has spurred debate over whether it will hurt or help the country’s long-term technological development.

Beijing’s Big Tech crackdown stirs a debate over whether it’s hurting or helping the sector compete with US rivals
11 Aug 2021 - 8:00AM
Beijing’s education crackdown hits Duolingo, Memrise as language-learning apps are pulled from Chinese app stores

Overseas-based language-learning apps including Duolingo, Memrise and Beelinguapp have disappeared from some Android app stores in China amid the country’s ongoing edtech crackdown.

Overseas-based language-learning apps including Duolingo, Memrise and Beelinguapp have disappeared from some Android app stores in China amid the country’s ongoing edtech crackdown.

Beijing’s education crackdown hits Duolingo, Memrise as language-learning apps are pulled from Chinese app stores
6 Aug 2021 - 11:22PM
UK-published technology report says products sold by US tech firms help China’s surveillance state

Report accuses US tech giants Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Cisco of selling products to China that can be used in their surveillance state.

Report accuses US tech giants Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Cisco of selling products to China that can be used in their surveillance state.

UK-published technology report says products sold by US tech firms help China’s surveillance state
6 Aug 2021 - 12:00PM
China stock traders befuddled by headline shocks as state-run media adds complexity to market policies

Stock traders continue to be challenged by a slew of local media reports suggesting the regulatory storm is far from over.

Stock traders continue to be challenged by a slew of local media reports suggesting the regulatory storm is far from over.

China stock traders befuddled by headline shocks as state-run media adds complexity to market policies
5 Aug 2021 - 5:44PM
China launches campaign against ‘fake news’ as Beijing seeks to purify online information, targeting social media

The new internet content crackdown targets “illegal news activities”, putting pressure on social media platforms to weed out unregulated content creators.

The new internet content crackdown targets “illegal news activities”, putting pressure on social media platforms to weed out unregulated content creators.

China launches campaign against ‘fake news’ as Beijing seeks to purify online information, targeting social media
5 Aug 2021 - 10:10PM
China hatches a plan to lead in the adoption of new internet protocol as Beijing eyes internet of things

China eyes global leadership in the IPv6 internet protocol in preparation for the IoT era when even home appliances will have their own IP address.

China eyes global leadership in the IPv6 internet protocol in preparation for the IoT era when even home appliances will have their own IP address.

China hatches a plan to lead in the adoption of new internet protocol as Beijing eyes internet of things
31 Jul 2021 - 7:11AM
Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone comes with HarmonyOS but doesn’t support 5G due to US sanctions

The P50 will not support 5G, as Huawei continues to lose relevance in the smartphone market because of Washington’s ban on the company's access to US technologies.

The P50 will not support 5G, as Huawei continues to lose relevance in the smartphone market because of Washington’s ban on the company's access to US technologies.

Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone comes with HarmonyOS but doesn’t support 5G due to US sanctions
18 Aug 2021 - 4:46PM
Apple’s Siri becomes target of nationalist netizens after glitch caused it to skip Chinese Olympic gold tally

Weibo users vent online as apparent bug prevents Siri from reading out the number of gold medals Chinese athletes have won in Tokyo.

Weibo users vent online as apparent bug prevents Siri from reading out the number of gold medals Chinese athletes have won in Tokyo.

Apple’s Siri becomes target of nationalist netizens after glitch caused it to skip Chinese Olympic gold tally
30 Jul 2021 - 3:51AM
China floods: did Zhengzhou’s ‘smart’ flood prevention system fail to prevent the disaster?

Two high-profile smart city projects in Zhengzhou, one for flood management and another for tunnel safety, have been singled out for criticism.

Two high-profile smart city projects in Zhengzhou, one for flood management and another for tunnel safety, have been singled out for criticism.

China floods: did Zhengzhou’s ‘smart’ flood prevention system fail to prevent the disaster?
29 Jul 2021 - 3:15PM
‘Gig workers of all trades, unite!’ China’s state trade union calls for branches for gig economy workers

Grievances have been rising among these new types of workers, and Beijing has not hesitated to raise its concerns about the potential for social unrest with Big Tech.

Grievances have been rising among these new types of workers, and Beijing has not hesitated to raise its concerns about the potential for social unrest with Big Tech.

‘Gig workers of all trades, unite!’ China’s state trade union calls for branches for gig economy workers
21 Jul 2021 - 7:00AM
Global innovation hubs: Hong Kong ranked ninth while Singapore remains No 1 amid coronavirus pandemic

East Asian innovation hubs are set to challenge Silicon Valley dominance after the coronavirus pandemic with Singapore the top choice for tech leaders.

East Asian innovation hubs are set to challenge Silicon Valley dominance after the coronavirus pandemic with Singapore the top choice for tech leaders.

Global innovation hubs: Hong Kong ranked ninth while Singapore remains No 1 amid coronavirus pandemic
20 Jul 2021 - 8:16PM
China has the most restrictions on cross-border data flows, says Washington think tank

Data localisation measures imposed globally have doubled since 2017, with the number of such policies in China now far ahead of data-restrictive nations like India and Russia.

Data localisation measures imposed globally have doubled since 2017, with the number of such policies in China now far ahead of data-restrictive nations like India and Russia.

China has the most restrictions on cross-border data flows, says Washington think tank
19 Jul 2021 - 6:00PM
Alibaba, Tencent, ByteDance and 30 other Big Tech firms sign voluntary antitrust ‘self-discipline’ pledge at event

Big tech signs up to voluntary antitrust pledge at industry event as Beijing ups its scrutiny of the sector across a range of issues, including data and consumer privacy.

Big tech signs up to voluntary antitrust pledge at industry event as Beijing ups its scrutiny of the sector across a range of issues, including data and consumer privacy.

Alibaba, Tencent, ByteDance and 30 other Big Tech firms sign voluntary antitrust ‘self-discipline’ pledge at event
15 Jul 2021 - 11:00PM
Beijing pushes Chinese firms to report cybersecurity vulnerabilities early and often amid growing threats

The new regulation seeks to protect computer networks and other information technology infrastructure in the country from hacking, spying and other cyberthreats.

The new regulation seeks to protect computer networks and other information technology infrastructure in the country from hacking, spying and other cyberthreats.

Beijing pushes Chinese firms to report cybersecurity vulnerabilities early and often amid growing threats
14 Jul 2021 - 10:43PM
China drafts three-year plan to boost its cybersecurity industry amid increasing concerns for data safety

As cyberthreats rise across the world, China wants to build a US$38.6 billion cybersecurity industry by 2023 while also guarding its national security.

As cyberthreats rise across the world, China wants to build a US$38.6 billion cybersecurity industry by 2023 while also guarding its national security.

China drafts three-year plan to boost its cybersecurity industry amid increasing concerns for data safety
14 Jul 2021 - 12:24AM
AI unicorn SenseTime appoints Three-Body Problem author Liu Cixin as director of ‘immersive’ sci-fi research project

China’s most famous sci-fi writer will work with SenseTime, the country’s top facial recognition firm, on an ‘innovative and immersive offline entertainment experience’.

China’s most famous sci-fi writer will work with SenseTime, the country’s top facial recognition firm, on an ‘innovative and immersive offline entertainment experience’.

AI unicorn SenseTime appoints Three-Body Problem author Liu Cixin as director of ‘immersive’ sci-fi research project
14 Jul 2021 - 10:45AM
Chinese chip maker Tsinghua Unigroup faces bankruptcy restructuring after creditor takes it to court

Tsinghua Unigroup, once considered a rising Chinese chip champion, is facing bankruptcy restructuring after it failed to pay debts.

Tsinghua Unigroup, once considered a rising Chinese chip champion, is facing bankruptcy restructuring after it failed to pay debts.

Chinese chip maker Tsinghua Unigroup faces bankruptcy restructuring after creditor takes it to court
11 Jul 2021 - 10:42PM
China’s Big Tech faces wake-up call as country’s web of data protection laws becomes more elaborate

A cybersecurity review into ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing kicked off a new era in China, as authorities crack down on overseas listings to prioritise data security over tech companies’ pursuit of unfettered growth.

A cybersecurity review into ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing kicked off a new era in China, as authorities crack down on overseas listings to prioritise data security over tech companies’ pursuit of unfettered growth.

China’s Big Tech faces wake-up call as country’s web of data protection laws becomes more elaborate
3 Aug 2021 - 6:30PM
China’s regulators suspect Didi’s US listing was ‘deliberate act of deceit’, a portrayal that shows severity of mistrust, sources say

The crux of the controversy, which has wiped off about US$23 billion off Didi’s capitalisation from its July 1 high, was a misinterpretation over the clarity and forcefulness of the CAC’s instruction for Didi to postpone its New York listing.

The crux of the controversy, which has wiped off about US$23 billion off Didi’s capitalisation from its July 1 high, was a misinterpretation over the clarity and forcefulness of the CAC’s instruction for Didi to postpone its New York listing.

China’s regulators suspect Didi’s US listing was ‘deliberate act of deceit’, a portrayal that shows severity of mistrust, sources say
3 Aug 2021 - 7:00PM
Explainer | Why is Didi’s cybersecurity review important and what will it mean for the ride-hailing giant’s future?

Didi probe opens a new front for Beijing in its scrutiny of tech giants as the state seeks a firmer grip on data.

Didi probe opens a new front for Beijing in its scrutiny of tech giants as the state seeks a firmer grip on data.

Why is Didi’s cybersecurity review important and what will it mean for the ride-hailing giant’s future?
5 Jul 2021 - 9:13PM
Chinese hackers impersonated Afghanistan’s presidential office to steal documents using Dropbox, research group says

Check Point Research said it uncovered malware emailed by a Chinese-speaking hacking group to Afghanistan’s top security agency with the goal of surreptitiously stealing documents over Dropbox.

Check Point Research said it uncovered malware emailed by a Chinese-speaking hacking group to Afghanistan’s top security agency with the goal of surreptitiously stealing documents over Dropbox.

Chinese hackers impersonated Afghanistan’s presidential office to steal documents using Dropbox, research group says
16 Aug 2021 - 10:40PM
US-China tech war: China’s investment binge on chip sector unabated as US commerce secretary urges lawmakers to approve funds for similar purpose

New semiconductor projects are mushrooming in China, fuelled by a mix of public and private funding, as US lawmakers are urged to approve funding for similar purposes.

New semiconductor projects are mushrooming in China, fuelled by a mix of public and private funding, as US lawmakers are urged to approve funding for similar purposes.

US-China tech war: China’s investment binge on chip sector unabated as US commerce secretary urges lawmakers to approve funds for similar purpose
29 Jun 2021 - 10:16PM