Iris Deng

Iris Deng

Reporter, Technology

Iris is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a technology reporter for the South China Morning Post.

Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Areas of Expertise
China tech
Trump targets TikTok and WeChat in latest salvo against China
US President Donald Trump has ordered fresh restrictions on Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat as tech companies become a focal point of the increasingly bitter stand-off between Beijing and Washington. The Trump administration announced executive orders on Thursday evening banning “to the extent permitted under applicable law, any transaction” with TikTok owner ByteDance, or concerning WeChat via its parent company Tencent, taking effect in 45 days. The executive orders said that the spread of Chinese-owned mobile apps threatened “the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States,” and that data collection by WeChat and TikTok threatened to “allow the Chinese Communis
The coronavirus has forever altered how China studies and works
With the coronavirus outbreak crippling normal life in China, technology has rushed to the fore on many fronts as a literal lifesaver. Robots in hospitals, health code apps, online education and remote working all played crucial roles in keeping the country operational with most of the population trapped in self-isolation. But as the devastating outbreak starts to ease within China, and life gradually returns to normal, many are asking whether the pandemic will leave a permanent mark on the way people work and live. The pandemic may even accelerate long-term trends such as the digitalization of education, work and even people.  Xu Yuting, an 18-year-old high school student in eastern China’s
Huawei says it’s coping with coronavirus and US sanctions just fine
While the coronavirus pandemic may have forced many companies in China and around the world to hit the pause button on business operations, engineers at Huawei Technologies have been working round the clock to combat the crisis. The world’s largest telecommunications equipment supplier and China’s biggest smartphone maker has been motivated by a sense of mission, said Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive of Huawei, as he sat down for an interview with the South China Morning Post this week. “Over 20,000 scientists, experts and engineers worked overtime during the Lunar New Year holiday, because we’re racing to develop new [technologies],” Ren said, referring to the work in progress as “
China has blocked one of the world’s biggest fanfiction sites
Archive of Our Own (AO3), one of the world’s biggest fanfiction sites, appeared to be blocked in China on Saturday as regulators further tightened internet controls. Some users furiously blamed fans of a popular actor for the government’s action. “Unfortunately, the Archive of Our Own is currently inaccessible in China,” the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), a US non-profit group that operates AO3, said on its Twitter account. It added that it could not resolve the problem since the disconnection is not caused by AO3’s servers. OTW did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday. Calls to the country’s internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) a
Chinese internet behemoth challenges TikTok owner at home
As TikTok faces mounting pressure from US lawmakers concerned over national security issues and alleged censorship, its parent company, Bytedance, is encountering a different sort of challenge.  Tencent, China’s largest gaming and social media company, is set to invest $2 billion into Kuaishou, a rival short-video platform that competes with ByteDance-owned Douyin (the Chinese version of TikTok) in China, according to a report by The Information. Tencent and Kuaishou did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ByteDance declined to comment. Tencent is betting that Kuaishou can outcompete Douyin, which is increasingly challenging Tencent’s social media platforms in terms of user atte
This ‘cockroach robot’ could be the future of search and rescue
Anyone dealing with a cockroach infestation knows that the bug is virtually indestructible. It can also carry loads of up to 900 times its body weight, shrink to a quarter of its height to fit into small crevices and live for a week without its head. Inspired by the qualities of this insect, a group of researchers from China and the US have created a prototype of a fast-moving and nearly-indestructible mini robot, which could potentially replace sniffer dogs in detecting people trapped in rubble after natural disasters. Researchers from China’s Tsinghua University and the University of California, Berkeley, published their study on so-called soft robots in the academic journal Science Robot
Business book ‘The American Trap’ is selling like hot cakes in China
As photos of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei showing journalists around his office began to circulate this week, a book on his desk caught the eye of the public – The American Trap. It was a Chinese translation of Le Piège Américain, written by Frenchman Frederic Pierucci, a former executive with French rail transport company Alstom, about his five-year tussle with the US Department of Justice. It was co-authored by journalist Matthieu Aron. The American Trap, first released in France in January, was published in China in April, just as China and the US struggled to reach an agreement to end their trade war. Its Chinese tagline reads: “how to dismantle other countries’ business giants through no
Chinese tourists are shunning the US for Europe
Chinese tourists are shunning the United States amid the trade war and opting for destinations in Europe, said Jane Sun, chief executive of Ctrip, Asia’s largest online travel platform. The US slid to 10th spot in the list of China’s top overseas destinations in a week-long national holiday in October known as the “golden week” from fifth in the previous year, according to Ctrip. During the recent Labor Day holiday earlier this month, the US ranked as the ninth-most popular travel destination for Chinese tourists, down from fifth spot last year. Thailand and Japan remained the top choices. “People like to travel to countries that welcome them,” Sun said. “When Chinese consumers have the bu
China’s Tinder pulled from app stores
Tantan, a popular Tinder-like dating app in China, has been removed from several app stores in the country amid a government crackdown on content that it considers inappropriate. Since its founding in 2014, Tantan has grown into one of the country’s top dating apps with more than 100 million monthly users, according to figures released by the company. The suspension of Tantan comes as Beijing has tightened its control over the Chinese internet under President Xi Jinping. Chinese censors have in recent months ramped up a campaign to remove content it calls “negative information,” including pornography, gambling, fake news and political dissent. In mid-April, China’s internet watchdog shut dow
Facebook is changing, and this Chinese app is the model
What does Mark Zuckerberg want for the future of Facebook? Just look at China’s super-app – WeChat. Even as his social media empire announced a new emphasis on privacy, the founder of Facebook said that he regrets not taking note of WeChat sooner. Not because of its approach to privacy, but because its direct messaging model has made WeChat the ubiquitous app for everyday life in China. “If only I’d listened to your advice four years ago,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook on Friday in response to tech journalist Jessica Lessin, who was highlighting a March 2015 article in which she suggested Facebook should learn from WeChat. Amid slowing user numbers growth and an ongoing privacy crisis, Zucke