Expert Pitch
University of California, Irvine

UCI expert can comment on U.S. government and TikTok

Peter Krapp, professor of film & media studies at the University of California, Irvine, is an expert on Internet culture, privacy and cybersecurity.

"TikTok was trying to show its independence to avoid a U.S. ban, but conversely this week, Google, Twitter and Facebook paused cooperation with law enforcement in Hong Kong due to the new law. In anticipation of the coming crackdown on free speech, Hong Kongers flocked to encrypted messaging. Hong Kong's plight in facing the promulgation of Chinese security laws shows why strong encryption matters. For encrypted platforms don't merely protect people from compromise by Chinese and other governments. They also keep freedom of speech alive wherever it is threatened.

"Including, sadly, now, in academia. In a related issue, from a BBC news story, 'Any online information in UK university courses will have to be on a security allow list, which will list all the links to educational materials included in UK course materials.' As this UK university decision illustrates, there cannot be two sets of course materials - one for Chinese students in the UK and one for the rest of the students. In effect, China's restrictions are not only inflicted on Hong Kong, but everyhwhere they use their influence.

"So on the one hand, Pompeo threatens to ban an app in the U.S. because of it Chinese connections. On the other hand, China influences online content in higher education abroad. These things are not only connected to one another, they also show very different approaches to nation-state influence operations in digital media."


Filters close

Showing results

110 of 5676
Released: 20-Nov-2020 4:25 PM EST
Those darn property taxes! Insights from Texas tax protests
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Everyone loves to complain that their taxes are too high. Yet few people actually take the time to formally protest them. A recent deep-dive into property tax appeals in Texas offers new insights on what motivates people to protest or accept their tax obligations.

Newswise: Biden administration vs. COVID-19: U-M experts can discuss
Released: 19-Nov-2020 4:55 PM EST
Biden administration vs. COVID-19: U-M experts can discuss
University of Michigan

University of Michigan epidemiologists are available to discuss the challenges President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will face in combating the coronavirus when he takes the reins in January.To schedule an interview, contact Nardy Baeza Bickel at or text 616-550-4531.Emily Toth MartinEmily Toth Martin, associate professor of epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health, is an infectious disease epidemiologist who has been using COVID-19 public health data to help inform mitigation and policy.

Newswise: NEW: Youth vote up significantly in 2020; young people of color pivotal
Released: 19-Nov-2020 3:40 PM EST
NEW: Youth vote up significantly in 2020; young people of color pivotal
Tufts University

Presidential election turnout among young people ages 18-29 reached 52-55%, significantly higher than the 45-48% turnout of 2016, according to a new youth turnout estimate released today from CIRCLE at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.

Newswise: Making the Best Decision: Math Shows Diverse Thinkers Equal Better Results
Released: 16-Nov-2020 2:55 PM EST
Making the Best Decision: Math Shows Diverse Thinkers Equal Better Results
Florida State University

A Florida State University researcher published a new study today that tackles how groups make decisions and the dynamics that make for fast and accurate decision making. He found that networks that consisted of both impulsive and deliberate individuals made, on average, quicker and better decisions than a group with homogenous thinkers.

Released: 16-Nov-2020 2:05 PM EST
Amid New COVID-19 Surge, PPE Must Be Top Priority Says Critical Care Societies Collaborative
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

In response to the reports of COVID-19 surges around the country, the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, comprising the American Association of Critical‐Care Nurses, American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, released the following statement:

Showing results

110 of 5676