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The Indian government has played down fears of mass surveillance in response to concerns that its proposed facial recognition system lacks adequate oversight.

Replying to a legal notice filed by the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), a Delhi-based non-profit that works on digital liberties, the country’s National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) defended the move, stating it doesn’t interfere with privacy of citizens as it “only automates the existing police procedure of comparing suspects’ photos with those listed in LEA’s [Law Enforcement Agency] databases.”

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Having magnetised waves of Chinese tourists to its original base in Bilborough, near York, the thoroughly British Scotts Fish & Chips has set its sights on Chengdu, making the unorthodox leap to China for the opening of its second venue.

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For years now, luxury hotel group Six Senses has impressed upon travelers the positive effects of adhering, honestly, to the values of the destinations they visit. This is undeniably evident in Bhutan, the mystifying, mountainous nation in South Asia, where Gross National Happiness factors into the daily lives of its population. Set high in the Eastern Himalayas, landlocked between India and China, Bhutan’s natural beauty and its mythological history appeal to many who dream of remote travel—but several roadblocks prevent rampant tourism. This has been to the benefit of the Buddhist nation. In building blockades, the Bhutanese have preserved their culture and lands for dedicated, respectful and patient visitors.

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Ningxia may not loom large on most people’s itineraries, but the region, knifed through by the Huanghe river in China’s central north, features some of the country’s most spectacular countryside. All of which makes the bucolic 15-room Lost Villa a conv…

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Stefano Boeri Architetti studio is back again with another ambitious project – a Smart Forest City in Cancun, Mexico.

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The Guardian

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The long read: Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to a better understanding of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis?

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A decades-old idea is finally getting a chance to shine—that is, a chance to send sunshine harvested by a satellite down to Earth.

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Take a trip down memory lane and (re)discover the history of grids — from ancient Egypt to modern web design.

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The Next Web

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Facial recognition technology is used across China for everything from identifying criminals to measuring students’ attention in class. Now, it has debuted a system in its subway that lets you use your face as a ticket. A report from South China Morning Post suggests the subway system in the southern city of Shenzhen has started using facial recognition …

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Rome wasn't built in a day – much like the world-famous companies that we all recognize today. Even they had to start from something – and you might be surprised when you find out that quite a few of them started out by doing things completely different than they are doing now.

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Conceived by creative agency Havas, the 13-garment collection launching on World Mental Health Day features oversized care labels replacing washing instructions with self-care messaging and advice for finding support.

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The Chinese dissident artist on his UK move and why no one wants to get on the wrong side of China

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