How to deal with the china ‘population threat’
In the aftermath of the deadly chinese pandemic in China, some have been questioning whether the country’s population is in danger of a “populated-squatting” scenario, or if its citizens simply need to be more aware of the world around them and be prepared to share more information about what they see.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Population Sciences, the world’s population of chinese citizens is currently at over 7 billion, and with that number growing at a pace of 1.5% per year.
“The global population of China is about 2.3 billion,” says the report.
“That means we have more than 7 billion people in China.”
This is the biggest population in the world, but in the country that has one of the highest birth rates in the developed world, this means there is an enormous demand for information.
The report also states that this demand is particularly strong among the younger generation.
The study looked at data from the Chinese Census and the World Bank, and asked the question of whether it is feasible for Chinese citizens to be fully informed about the world as a whole.
The results showed that about three-quarters of the respondents felt that the current state of affairs is acceptable, while the vast majority of people surveyed also believed that there should be more transparency in China’s government.
But what can you do to keep your personal information private?
There are some tips for keeping your personal data private, and how to do so effectively.
“Don’t put yourself in the position of someone who wants to make sure that information that they receive is accurate, because that will only help to drive the information that you get to a place where it can be used,” says Dr James M. Stirling, professor of information technology at the University of NSW.
“So, for example, you might want to make the case that people should not share personal information that may have been gathered through the use of your smartphone or laptop, or that may be obtained by the use that you may be making of a phone or computer, and that is to be aware that the information has been obtained and may be used.”
Dr Stirling recommends using an identity provider, such as One Privacy, to secure your information.
“You can choose to share the information with your provider, but then it is really only your provider who can see that you have done that,” he says.
“If you are concerned that your personal details may be available for any purpose, you can ask for a list of the providers that have access to your data.”
Dr. Stirl says that in a way, the public can help by keeping its information private.
“It is good to keep that information to yourself,” he explains.
“Because that will give you the chance to be informed when things are happening.”
We should always be aware of what is going on around us, and not assume that everything is OK.
There are people who have been killed and injured, and there are others who have gone missing.
“That is an information-gathering activity that should be conducted with care.”
But some might feel the need to share information with others in the hopes that it will help prevent further tragedies.
“For some, it is a little bit of a shock, because you don’t know what has happened,” says Andrew Wilson, a lecturer in information technology and management at the Australian National University.
“But for the vast vast majority, that information is a matter of their own interest.”
This information is valuable for them and valuable for us, so we shouldn’t be afraid to share it.””
In a way it can actually make the situation worse, because there are people out there who will not be aware at all of what they are doing.
“There is a need to keep our information private, but that is what is best for us as individuals.”
The Australian Government has been working to reduce the number of people who are unable to communicate with the public in the wake of the pandemic, and has recently introduced the Privacy Shield scheme that will require all online services to share sensitive information about their users.
“While we are certainly concerned about the public being exposed to personal information on social media and other platforms, we believe that the vast number of Chinese citizens are capable of taking advantage of the services we have in place to improve the safety of their citizens,” the Government said in a statement.
“We will continue to ensure that citizens can access this information to protect their own privacy and the privacy of others.”
“As part of the Privacy Act 2018, we will work to ensure the Chinese government’s privacy protections are adequate,” it said.
“This includes creating new legal safeguards to ensure Chinese citizens can understand their rights and freedoms.”
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