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Patrick Sharbaugh
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Digital cultures are increasingly flowing flowing East to West, instead of the other direction. Case in point: last weekend's Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC), a massive pro videogame competition where competitors were treated like top sports figures. Also, Asian no longer dominate. The eight best teams at the Cup were all Western: three American, three British and two French. 
PARIS, May 4 — Players greeted like rock stars, cheering fans and a spectacular set; the Zenith concert hall in Paris was transformed into a giant play room this weekend for a global tournament devoted to the blockbuster “Call of Duty” video
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I'm incredibly pleased to have been included in German radio program Funkhaus Europa's recent special report "On/Off: Our Digital Life," in which I discuss Asian digital cultures. Give it a listen and let me know how I did! [You can find my clip about halfway down the page - I speak in English but the narration is in ze Deutsch.] 
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Das Internet ist Teil unseres Alltags geworden. Ständig sind wir "on" und können auch nicht mehr so einfach "off" sein. Wie internetabhängig sind wir? Wie sieht das weltweit aus? Lucia Hodinka und Jessica Liedtke gehen diesen Fragen selbstkritisch auf
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[India] Uber was rocked late last year by the allegation that a driver raped a female passenger in India. The company responded by promising to revamp its driver screening process in the country. Now it’s updating an in-app panic button for users in India to beam real-time driver, passenger, and location information directly to local police.
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With the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and the 'reunification' of Vietnam yesterday, the web's been awash in think pieces pondering what to make of Vietnam today. This is one of the best I've read.
While the government talks of its victory in 1975, the Vietnamese people talk of its failures today.
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I'm very happy to see this initiative, but I'm less keen on how the promotional video represents meditation, which is full of cliches, stereotypes, and -- worst of all -- rubbish science. A levitating "transcendent" Indian guru is not helpful. I understand and applaud the desire to popularize meditation by appealing to populist ideas, but there's a line.
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[China] Ma Jun, one of China’s most prominent environmentalists, recently launched a mobile phone app that allows users to track and share the state of air and water pollution and learn how to make more environmentally sound decisions when they shop. With pressure from the app, more than 400 emitters in China have openly addressed their emissions records. Is open data turning the tide on pollution in China?
Commuters wearing masks on a smoggy day in Beijing check their smartphones.Credit Andy Wong/Associated Press
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With rival search engine Coc Coc surging in popularity in Vietnam, it seems Google is doubling down on the Vietnamese market by focusing on better native language capabilities and more Vietnamese-language products to erase the language barrier many users there have hit when using the Internet. One way is by asking users themselves to crowdsource better translations. 
Internet search giant Google is accelerating the process of making the Vietnamese language more popular in cyberspace at a time when Vietnam is seen as a lucrative market in Asia and more and more of its people are buying smartphones. >> An audio version of the story is available here ...
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The Internet allows journalists and writers to communicate critical information freely around the world. Yet in many countries, this right to share videos, blogs and other news online is threatened by laws that censor and, in some cases, criminalize free speech. On World Press Freedom Day, Google and UNESCO join forces in calling for an Internet that respects human rights, including and especially the right to free expression. Check out UNESCO’s knowledge tools to help you defend your right to #keepspeechfree: http://goo.gl/sKuQsr
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I'd say this pretty much speaks for itself.
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"Already Vietnam exports more goods to the U.S. than Thailand or Indonesia, while demographics play in its favor, too. A third of the country’s 90 million people were born in the 1980s or 1990s, many of them are often seen perched on the throngs of motor scooters that weave precariously through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi."
Henry Nguyen is part of an influx of Vietnamese-born entrepreneurs returning to the country to reap the benefits of its shift to a more market-oriented economy.
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A poignant piece on modern Vietnam. I'm seeing many of these, as the 40th anniversary of the war's end approaches on April 30. 
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Digital Content Creator, Journalist, Academic, Professional Communicator
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  • RMIT Vietnam
    University Lecturer, 2008 - 2014
  • Vietnam Vespa Adventures
    Communications and Social Media Manager, 2007 - 2011
  • Charleston City Paper
    Managing Editor, 2002 - 2007
  • Digital:Convergence
    Deployment & Marketing Manager, 2000 - 2001
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - Kyoto, Japan - Dallas, Texas - New York, New York - Barrow, Alaska
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  • Clemson University
    Biological Sciences, 1985 - 1989
  • University of South Carolina
    Journalism & Mass Communication, 1991 - 1992
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