The Download: Hong Kong’s crypto obsession, and digitizing India’s documents

The museum building houses the largest reference library for Gandhian philosophy in the state of Karnataka, and over the next year, these workers will undertake the giant task of digitizing these books and recording their metadata on the Internet Archive: a searchable library of books, speeches, magazines, and other documents and media.

It’s an effort to make up for the scarcity of library resources in India, and to liberate access to libraries that aren’t generally freely accessible to the public. Read the full story.


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The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Adobe users are selling AI-generated images of the Israel-Hamas conflict 
While some of the fake pictures are clearly marked as AI-made, others are not. (Motherboard)
+ Internet blackouts are being weaponized across Gaza. (Wired $)

2 Chinese VC firms are quietly investing in US startups
In spite of worsening geopolitical relations between the two countries. (The Information $)
+ At least the two nations are openly discussing the threat of nuclear arms. (Vox)

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