Monthly Archives: November 2013

BLOG – Inside a Bitcoin Mining Operation in Hong Kong 32

Bitcoin, everyone’s favourite decentralised, peer-to-peer digital cryptocurrency, is making headlines around the world.

Entrepreneur and journalist Xiaogang Cao posted pictures of a new HK-based mining operation being set up in an Kwai Chung industrial building…

Bitcoins are generated by ‘miners’ who devote computing power to solving mathematical puzzles. Whilst users could once mine bitcoins at home, setting up a mining operation nowadays involves a lot more infrastructure… As more bitcoins come into circulation, the puzzles involved become increasingly difficult. The rewards are halved at regular intervals until 21 million bitcoins have been created – at which point, production will cease.

ACTIVISM – HK’s Slutwalk 2013 Protests Victim Blaming & Rape Myths 14

The Hong Kong chapter of a global movement against victim-blaming and rape culture hit the streets today, marching from Times Square to Wanchai…

Dozens of activists – both men and women, from all ages and backgrounds – joined together protesting such issues as HK’s flimsy rape laws and increased sexual assault figures in the city.

Dressed mostly in pyjamas, the activists chanted “Hey ho, hey ho! Rape myths have got to go!” and “I’m a slut, I’m a ho! No matter what, no means no.

HELPERS – Amnesty International Condemns HK Helper ‘Slavery’ 13

Hong Kong was thrust into the international spotlight on Thursday as Amnesty International published a detailed report on the sorry plight of Indonesian domestic helpers in the city. It decried ‘slavery’-like conditions, finding that more than two-thirds of workers endured psychological or physical abuse.  The report, entitled ‘Exploited for profit, failed by governments: Indonesian migrant domestic workers trafficked to Hong Kong’, is accompanied by a video, which is well worth watching…

You can read the report in full by clicking here (PDF)

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HISTORY – Colourised & Restored Photos of Hong Kong 150 Years Ago

John Thomson‘s photographs of Hong Kong, taken between 1868 and 1872, are to be exhibited at the Maritime Museum from this Saturday. The Scotsman captured scenes and people of the young colony during the Qing Dynasty, less than 30 years after the British took the island. Read more about the collection from Christopher DeWolf at the WSJ, or visit the Maritime Museum before February 26th, tickets are HK$30. Scroll down for more images.

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Below are some restored and colourised versions of Thomson’s work shared exclusively with the blog by Chris Whitehouse. He has been working on the images with Jordan Lloyd.

City Hall and Wardley House. Restoration: Jordan Lloyd. Copyright: Wellcome Trust.

VIDEO – Is this Hong Kong? The Naturescape Beyond the Metropolis

Using a Canon 5D2, Francis So spent 5 months creating a remarkable time-lapse video highlighting a different side of Hong Kong…

Responding to news of a legislator’s suggestion to build housing developments within country parks, Francis said “I cannot think of anything to say, except to make a video about Hong Kong’s country parks, to show the innate beauty to the general public… I just wish that this video can arouse all your attention, to take action and to conserve our country parks for the sake of our next generation.”