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welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada, and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. ahead on "cnn newsroom," record levels of snow are falling over the u.s. east coast. we're tracking the zpstorm and we'll bring you the latest. another nato member says it will move more troops to ukraine's border. and the winter olympics are coming, and with it, concerns of chinese censorship and monitoring. we'll examine the smartphone app
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at the center of the controversy. >> announcer: live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with michael holmes. we begin with a powerful winter storm pummeling the northeastern u.s. this weekend, unleashing blinding snow and fierce winds across much of the region. more than 2 feet of snow fell on parts of massachusetts, new york, and rhode island, shattering records in some areas. the system moved into maine by saturday night and it's expected to clear out later today. officials warn the storm may be over, but the danger remains. residents are being urged to hunker down and stay off the roads, as cleanup crews begin digging out from the storm. cnn's polo sandoval is in boston, massachusetts, with a look at conditions there. >> reporter: getting around boston all of the weekend has been difficult, not just
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driving, but walking around with many of the sidewalks still covered in snow. authorities here in this particular city have been working as hard as they can to make sure those walkways are clear, but it's been an uphill battle to make sure that can happen. in the future, we're still not out of the woods when it comes to the threat from this storm. we're talking about massive amounts of snow that were dumped not just here in the city of massachusetts, but throughout the northeast. so sunday, we can expect obviously cleanup efforts, as crews work to clear outer all of that snow that was left behind. in terms of what we saw throughout the day on friday, forecasters had been expecting possibly historic amounts of snow to fall throughout the northeast. we're not going actually know whether or not that happens until we get those final numbers. but as we heard from massachusetts governor charlie baker, it seems this storm did everything they expected it to. and people mainly stayed indoors. >> for the most part, people have done a great job of staying home and off the roads.
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thank you very much to everybody who took that particular concern of ours seriously. it's made life dramatically easier for people who were out there removing snow, but it also means that a lot of folks weren't spending a tremendous amount of their day trying to help people who got stuck or lost or in some other terrible circumstance, as well. and that's a big deal. >> reporter: and perhaps some of the hardest hit areas, also power outages. you can bet throughout the rest of the weekend, authorities will be working as hard as they can to make sure the power is restored to those people who are affected. polo sandoval, cnn, boston, massachusetts. >> let's get the latest on the storm. joining me now is meteorologist derek van dam. the pictures were incredible. plenty of people still digging out and in the dark. how bad was it and is there
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anymore to come? >> yeah, this was an historic storm. we've got the numbers. i'll show them to you in just one moment. if we just go back 24 hours, this map looked a lot different along the eastern seaboard. we had over 70 million americans under winter warning alerts. and last night, we had about 16 million, and now only 1 million or just under that remain across northern maine. you can see what's left of the storm and the latest radar, not too impressive, at least in terms of the amount of snow coverage you see on the radar, but believe me, it is still snowing and still blowing, because wind gusts here are equivalent to that of a blizzard bringing snowfall in those areas to be impressive amounts. we did tie the single day snowfall total in boston. so many people wanted to know, will rebreak it? we ended up tying that 2003 record of 23.6 inches.
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now, the big story behind this is, of course, the cleanup effort, as polo was mentioning, with all of the copious amounts of snow that was falling. what about the cold temperatures? we have windchill warnings and advisories in place. this is what it feels like on your exposed skin. this factors in temperatures and wind. we get the windchill. it's negative 4. that's what it feels like in boston. st it's very, very cold. blizzard conditions until about 7:00 a.m. there local time. and we have our deep freeze this morning. o only a bit of respite into the afternoon hours as we see sunshine. not much additional snowfall expected to fall across northern new england, but speaking of snow, did we see some impressive totals. over 2 feet across eastern massachusetts, even into the eastern sections of long island. incredible snowfall totals there, breaking daily records for all of these locations, including central park and new york city.
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providence, philadelphia, laguardia airport. that is just really an impressive storm. we had wind gusting over hurricane force. remember that's 74 miles per hour or greater. and the story here is going to be the cold weather that is left in its wake, all the way as far south as florida, where up to 14 record low temperatures are possible this morning alone. all the way to miami, believe it or not. kim? >> incredible. derek van dam, thanks so much. the u.n. security council set to meet monday to discuss the looming threat of a possible russian invasion into ukraine. the diplomats are hoping why russia will explain why it has amassed the biggest military buildup since the cold war. boris johnson plans to speak this week with vladimir putin. the uk on saturday announced it's considering offering a major military deployment to nato in eastern europe. now, saturday did produce one modest diplomatic success. the russian navy announced it would relocate planned naval exercises president north
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atlantic after irish fisherman complained the warships and munitions would disrupt their fishing. we have cnn's melissa bell standing by in kyiv and nathan hodge joins us from moscow. nathan, what's the latest? >> russia's ambassador to ireland said the russian nato drills would be relocated as a goodwill gesture, and it's been a rare moment of levity over this rolling diplomatic standoff over ukraine. earlier this week, the u.s. and nato presented their written responses to russia's security demandses and the russians are now mulling those over. and the person we're waiting to see respond to that fully is russian president vladimir putin, who we're told by the kremlin has reviewed those written responses and will get back to the rest of the world, essentially, on what next steps are and what russia's official response is going to be. his foreign minister has said that they believe that there's some common ground, perhaps, on
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some secondary issues, but on the big picture issue of ukraine's having a path to joining nato, washington and moscow remain very far apart. now, u.s. officials are also warning that they see further signs that the russian military is preparing for a possible incursion into ukraine, and the latest that we're hearing is that officials say that the u.s. believes that there are new supplies of blood that are being delivered or pre-positioned along the ukrainian border. in the event that there are mass casualties, in the event of military action of an offensive by russia. so this, in the view of u.s. officials, is one sign that there is more momentum towards a build yum, more momentum towards a possible invasion towards war. while the ukrainians, at least officially are keen to avoid any sort of sense of panic by the public and have actually been somewhat at odds with these u.s. intelligence assessments, saying that they are concerned that
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they may be overplayed, kim? >> that's exactly right. and that's what i want to get into with melissa. still as nathan said, a lot of focus on the schism between u.s. and ukraine on certain issues, which is causing a lot of friction between the two countries. >> reporter: that's right, kim. and that continues. nathan just mentioned that reporting yesterday, that there will be blood supplies and other medical supplies delivered to russian troops amassed near the ukrainian border. now, here in kyiv, it is the ukrainian deputy defense minister who pushed back on that, taking to facebook yesterday saying that these are hyped up assumptions that are being made and that it is causing panic unnecessarily, because, of course, the ukrainian assessment is very different to what we've been hearing from the united states. we've heard it from president zelensky, we've heard it from the defense minister speaking to parliament on thursday. all of them saying that their assessment is that the danger posed by russian troops and their movements are really not
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that different to what they would have been just under a year ago. a very big difference. and of course, going back that american official that nathan was just alluding to, he's been pointing out that one can understand that president zelensky wants to avoid panic at home, he wants to avoid dabmage to his economy. and it is also that this is a president and a people zmsomethg you hear that the people here, of course, are used to living with this. this is a threat they've lived with since 2014, with a front line that's been active. somehow getting more hotter or colder, goes up or down, the tensions rise and fall, but it is a constant they've come to live with. and, sure, threat may be imminent, but it is also con constant. and that gives you an idea of the difference of perspective. one understands the american strategy, and it's one that we'll hear about more when we hear about what happens to the security council on monday.
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the americans trying to emphasize the danger, threat that is faced by ukraine in order, partly, to focus the minds of nato allies. and to get the kind of commitment, like the one we've heard from the british prime minister, of extra troops, extra resources towards nato's eastern flank. that unity establishing, getting together that unity has been the american administration's priority. of course, the danger is that ukraine also has a voice in this and will also give its assessment, and it is very different from the one that we've been hearing from the united states, kim. >> all right. thank you so much. nathan hodge in moscow and melissa bell in kyiv, really appreciate it. north korea is raising the stakes with its suspected seventh missile test this month. pyongyang apparently launched an intermediate range ballistic missile sunday, which landed in the waters east of the korean peninsula. experts say north korea hasn't tested that kind of missile in nearly five years. will ripley is in taipei for us. so, will, take us through why
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this latest launch is raising eyebrows and fears? >> reporter: well, the biggest fear, and this was expressed earlier today by south korean president moon jaejae-in. it was 2017 that north korea launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles, most recently in november of 2017, after that, there was this self-imposed moratorium on long-range missile launches and nuclear testing, to coincide with the korean detente, that period of diplomacy between north korean leader kim jong-un and former u.s. president donald trump. that clearly is now over, done with. and north korea is ratcheting up the tensions, just days before the opening ceremonies of the beijing 2022 winter games. and so we've seen them this month launch short-range ballistic missiles, not only from the ground, but also from a rail car. we've seen them launch cruise missiles. and now this intermediate range
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ballistic missile, that traveled to an altitude of 2,000 kilometers. that's more than 1,200 miles high. this thing went up into outer space and came down into the waters between korea skand japa. what they haven't demonstrated yet is their ability to strike a target anywhere in the world. most specifically, anywhere in the mainland united states. an intercontinental ballistic missile test, the kind of which we haven't seen in nearly five years could certainly prove that. or a nuclear test could prove that they continue to enrich uranium, that allows them to produce nuclear weapons. and it's believed that kim jong-un has been growing his nuclear arsenal this whole time, albeit quietly. but now he's not quiet. he has said that he is considering suspend all previously suspended testing, long-range missile launches, and north korea has said in response to additional north korean sanctions imposed by the biden administration that their
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response is only going to get stronger and stronger. so, kim, could this mean that during the olympics, a global sporting event mental to symbolize peace happening next d door in china, their neighbor, their benefactor, their patron, could they be about to try to insert themselves into the global narrative by conducting a test so big, so provocative, that even during the games, nobody will have a chance to ignore north korea. everybody could be talking about north carolina, which may be exactly what kim jong-un wants. the question, how is the biden administration going to respond to this and further provocations? >> that's the question. will ripley in taipei. thanks so much. all right. there's much more ahead here on cnn. could it be the end of an era in the nfl. has tom brady played his last game. new reports on the superstar's possible retirement.
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we'll have that and more covid-19 news coming up. stay with us.
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reports suggest that tom
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brady is set to retire, but the legendary american football quarterback hasn't released a statement himself. cnn's patrick snell has the latest. patrick? >> well, speculation continues to swirl over the future of nfl quarterback tom brady. on saturday, media outlets reporting that brady, a seven-time super bowl winner, who's obviously the greatest quarterback of all time, has decided to retire, that's according to espn and "the boston globe" who cite unnamed sources. all of this coming after brady wrapped up the 22nd season of a storied career in the national football league. last sunday, brady while playing for the tampa bay buccaneers, losing that one to the l.a. rams, that was in the nfc divisional ram. brady at that point saying he would take the decision on his professional football future day by day. on saturday, brady's agent don yee releasing a statement. i understand the advanced speculation about tom's future, without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what's
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being reported, tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. he knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon. brady is a sheeven-time super bl ch champion, two more than any person and one more than any team. five super bowl mvps. not bad for someone selected 199th in the 2000 nfl draft. >> thanks, patrick snell there. now, tom brady spent two decades of his career playing for the new england patriots. their home stadium, of course, outside boston, and reports of his possible retirement have left the city feeling a little deflated. >> tom brady is just an icon in the sport, but here in new england, 20 seasons that he gave
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us and some of the most memorable super bowls that we will always remember, it's quite emotional today for a lot of folks. covid-19 deaths are on the rise in the u.s. with johns hopkins university reporting more than 2,200 daily fatalities recently. but there are some signs of hope. daily numbers for infections and hospitalizations are dropping and 77% of americans received at least one dose of a covid vaccine. the governor of new york says the state's covid cases dropped 86% in the last three weeks. hospitalizations are also down nearly 40%. but scientists are watching an omicron spin-off variant called ba.2. it's been detected in dozens of countries, including the u.s. right now, experts say there isn't a reason for alarm. well, it was a noisy day in the canadian capital on satu
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saturday. crowds packed parliament hill in hotwa to protest cross-border mandates. police were on alert after violent rhetoric. about 90% of canada's truckers are already vaccinated. austria is joining the list of several european nations who have announced the easing of covid-19 restrictions, even though infections there are still high. opening hours of restaurants and shops will be extended and the maximum number of people at events will be increased. meanwhile, the number of serious infections in israel is on the rise, but still a covid expert claims that the country has already passed its omicron peak. we're now joined by cnn's hadas gold in jerusalem, but first let's go to our scott mclean in london. so a continuation of a trend we've been seeing in some european countries, cases high or even rising, but restrictions falling. >> it's a weird paradox here, kim, you're right.
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cases are really hitting record highs in many places, but as you said, restrictions are going the opposite way. they are getting looser. and so you mentioned austria. yesterday, the austrian chancellor said that while the mask mandate for crowded places is going to stick around, the rules around the curfew are getting loser and the rules around the number of people allowed at a gathering are getting looser as well. austria is even making things easier for the unvaccinated. and remember, austria has not been kind to vaccine holdouts. they've been under a stay-at-home order since november. so while the vaccine mandate for the entire country will start being enforced in mid-march, well, two weeks from now, the unvaccinated will be allowed to go back to restaurant and bars, provided that they can show a negative test. remember, this is happening at a time where austria is hitting record highs for case counts with no signs of slowing down. that is also the case in many other places in europe, places
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like sweden, poland, romania, czech republic, and turkey. in turkey, they are not panicking, not in the slightest. the health minister tweeted yesterday that the virus is not as strong as it used to be. the alarming period of the epidemic is now over. the world's agenda is returning to normal. and if you ask danish leaders, well, they agree. despite the fact that that country has never seen so many covid infections at once, they are getting rid of virtually all restrictions come tuesday. it's a stimilar story here in te uk. case counts are pretty high, but most restrictions are gone. there are still mask mandates in many places. many businesses don't want to go back to living like it was 2019. many countries in eastern europe don't have the luxury of that. if you look at russia for instance, they are also recording record high case counts and they say it's hitting
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children particularly high there. they're going back to remote schooling in many places, and perhaps for good. so many people are unvaccinated in russia. in fact, less than half of the population is fully vaccinated there. and remember, the worst -- the deadliest part of the pandemic didn't come two years ago, kim. it actually just came two months ago in russia. >> interesting. high case counts in russia. high case counts in israel, as well. and hadas, so what's leading a top expert there to make that bold claim that israel has likely passed its kromm peak? >> well, kim, let's start with the because news. the bad news is that the serious cases, people who are in hospital in serious condition have passed more than 1,000 people that's a record -- the last record for it was last january, at the peak, it was 1,175 people were hospitalized in serious condition. and they are expecting those cases to go up. so it's very possible that in the next few weeks, israel will break its own record of people hospitalized in serious condition. but now the good news. one of the top government covid
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professors, says that israel has reached the peak of the omicron wave. that peak was likely last week, when in one day, more than 76,000 positive cases were recorded. and keep in mind, that doesn't include the tens of thousands of likely home tests that people do that are not recorded in the official system. now, the professor says that that is likely the peak and that the infection rates are going to now go down. he estimates that the end of this wave, almost one in two israelis, almost 50% of the population will have been infected with the omicron variant. that goes to show you just how absolutely infectious this variant is. but israel is pushing forward. schools are remaining open. shops, restaurants, everything is open, and they are pushing for it with the fourth vaccine. late last week, israel greatly expanded the eligibility for the fourth vaccine. until now, since january, you had to be over the age of 60 or immunocompromised or a health care workers in order to get the fourth dose. now, a lot more people can get
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it. you can be over 18 with an underlying condition, caring for somebody with an underlying condition, or have a job that puts you at risk for infection. and you can self-define, essentially, whether you get the fourth vaccine. and it has to be more than four months after your third dose. israel saying they are making this recommendation because of data. they examined those 400,000 people over the age of 60 who received the fourth dose jasinc january, and they say they found more than double the protection in protection and more than a threefold increase in protection against serious disease. >> thanks so much. hadas gold in jerusalem. russia claims it doesn't want war with ukraine, but its actions suggest it's moving towards armed conflict. coming up, we'll take a look at ow both sides measure up after modernizing their forces. plus, cooler heads prevail after russian war games raised tensions with israel. we'll explain how a group of fisherman played a role. that's next. stay with us.
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russia will explain why it has amassed an unprecedented number of troops near the ukrainian border. the u.s. and nato allies have been sending ammunition, weapons, and other equipment to ukraine to beef up the country's defenses. u.s. president joe biden says he'll soon deploy up to 8,500 american troops to reinforce nato operations in eastern europe. one democratic lawmaker tells cnn that congress needs to be ready to act if russian
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aggression continues. >> there's a bill that senator menendez in the senate form relations committee has put forth. and it is a very strong rebuke to russia, if they are to do any kind of an invasion or cyber ops or try to topple the ukrainian government, then the sanctions that are in that bill would automatically go into place. and those sanctions are heavy duty. putin, all of his assets, wherever they are around the world, frozen. russian banks, frozen. access to the international currency market, gone. frankly, the senate and the house need to get on with it and pass that legislation to strengthen president biden's hand. and also, to strengthen the hand and to strengthen the will of ukraine and to give putin some very serious kickback, should he try anything. >> now, no one thinks that a conflict between russia and ukraine would be an evenly
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matched fight, but each side is a lot stronger than it was even a few years ago. think of the russian military and images like this come to mind. tanks rolling across red square, accompanied by missiles on flatbeds, much like it was in the soviet era. another holdover from that period, reports of conscripts fleeing their posts. despite being a global power, the russian army was notorious for being underequipped and mismanaged. well, much less so now. russian president vladimir putin in recent years has launched an aggressive effort to modernize his country's military. it relies more on professional soldiers across all ranks, backed by sophisticated, high-tech weaponry. their tactics honed on front lines in skpyria and elsewhere. the annexation of crimea fwin 24 and the fight against separatist laid bare problems with ukraine's military as well.
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it, too, was hobbled with corruption and inadequate hardware, but now they're backed with billions of dollars in military assistance from the u.s. with more coming in this week. i spoke with retired brigadier general whack during the russian invasion of ukraine in 2014. he's now a wilson center global fellow at the kennan institute. i asked him to describe the changes in terms of quality on both sides. here he is. >> the russian force is, indeed, formidable. and has gone through continual upgrades. its artillery, especially its long-range multiple rocket launchers can reach out 40, 50, 60 miles and the outrange in this sense, anything that the --
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outrange in number anything the ukrainians -- the ukrainians have capable artillery, but the russians have so much it. the russians have some late-model tanks. but they're still fundamentally t-72, what they call b-3s, which go back a generation in technology. but upgraded, modernized, very capable, but a javelin could take it out, for example. you know, if we talk about those technologies. the air power, that will be a big difference, because the russians in 2014/2015, during the first invasion, officially weren't in ukraine. and the battles for eastern ukraine, with the separatists and ukrainian military, they couldn't fly red star russian aircraft. they couldn't play their hand. now they will fly that. but the ukrainians have learned,
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too, the ukrainians have in some sense have fought the russians, have bled, have stopped them in places, and seem if they feel -- if they don't feel forsaken, they will put up a fight, a significant fight, and they have learned a lot. and the ukrainian military is far better than this ad hoc battle groups of 2014 and 2015. >> well, as nato struggles to get russia to change course near ukraine, a group of fisherman may have succeeded near ireland. cnn's donie o'sullivan reports on how war games by the russian navy were pushed further out to sea. >> reporter: here in castletown bear, a fishing village at the southern tip of ireland,
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fisherman have been making international headlines all week, for standing up to russia. they learned that the russian navy would be conducting military drills, operations, in the sea, about 150 miles off the coast of ireland here, later this week. the fishermen were concerned about that, because they said it would disrupt their livelihoods, it would disrupt the fish stock, and the fisherman told the russian ambassador here in ireland that they planned on going about their business. that they planned on continuing fishing, even through these drills. the russian ambassador suggested that that would be unwise, even dangerous from the fisherman to do that. but a change in tone front russian embassy. here's a statement that they put out, saying in response from the irish government, as well as from the irish south and west fish organization, that is the fishermen, the russian ministry of defense has made a decision as a gesture of goodwill to
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relocate the exercise by the russian navy planned for this week outside the irish exclusive economic zone, with the aim not to hinder fishing activities by the irish vessels in the traditional fishing areas. what that means, essentially, is that these russian boats will be doing these exercises further away from the irish coast. we were here, speaking with fisherman all day, and we were here when that news break late on saturday evening, here in ireland, and here was the reaction from one of the fisherman. >> shocked, really. we didn't think little old us in the irish south and west would have an impact on international diplomacy and make an impact like that. >> and so, as you can hear there, a real win for david in this david versus goliath story. obviously, also, the russian embassy pointing out that the irish goth had approached them
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full prescription-strength? reduces inflammation? thank the gods. don't thank them too soon. kick pain in the aspercreme. china is requiring that anyone attending the upcoming winter olympics download a smartphone app. it's called my 2022. beijing says it's meant to monitor people's health and help prevent the spread of covid, but it's raising concern among several security experts and athletes attending to plan the games. citizen lab is a cybersecurity watchdog group. earlier this month, it reported finding that the app had several flaws linked to weak encryption technology. now chinese olympic officials say that the app's latest version has patched several of those security gaps. >> reporter: in fact, the security loopholes have already
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been fixed. if they existed in earlier versions, they have been fixed in the latest version. the loopholes mentioned by the citizen lab do not exist anymore. >> the citizen lab also revealed that the app collects a range of highly sensitive personal information. this included health customs forms, passport details, demographic info, and medical and travel history. now, it's not unusual for olympians to provide thips type of info when participating if the game, but all attendees are required to have the app, including journalists and officials, and it's unclear who might have access to that information outside of the beijing organizing committee. the app also has a long list of censored terms. more than 2,400 in all. according to the citizen lab report, that includes words like "tibet," "holy koran," and "dalai lama." and all of this has many nations advising their athletes to bring burner devices to use while in beijing. our next guest is doing exactly that, taking burner devices with
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him when he heads to beijing. james griffith is our former colleague and he's also author of the book, "the great firewall of china," which explains how beijing controls what chinese people can see on the internet. thanks so much for being with us, james. so we've outlined in broad strokes the concerns here. take us through what worries you most about this app and the way it's being used. >> thanks, kim. it's great to be here. yeah, there's quite a lot of concern about this app just because of the amount of data that it requires people to fill in. this is, you know, designed as a centralized space that you put all of your various health data that you have to provide to clear covid checks, your passport book, your flights, things like that. and when you're gathering that amount of data, there's going to be a concern about how that's handled. and especially when we're talking about the chinese government, there's going to be other concerns. and one of the things that citizen lab flagged is not so much that the app was necessarily doing anything
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nefarious, but actually that it wasn't very well built and it wasn't particularly secure, which raised kind of even more concerns, because of the sheer amount of people that were going to head into beijing and the sheer amount of data that was going on to this app, what's going into it all, is it going to be secure, and is that anything to be concerned about? >> you've heard officials say they've addressed some of the security concerns. they say that the app is similar to the one used at the last olympics in tokyo? >> yeah, and to a certain extent, the app, i think, is a bit of a red herring when we're talking about security at these olympics, because the real concern for people coming into the country, especially maybe more so for journalists and officials than perhaps athletes is having to clear the chinese border, clear chinese customs, where you might have to hand over devices or have devices searched. having to use chinese networks the entire time you are in
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china. and beijing itself is a very surveilled city. the olympic city will be even more surveilled for covid reasons, so there are all of these other kind of concerns, another good reasons to have burner devices that have no personal data on them and no sensitive data of any kind. >> and then, looking at the issue of censorship, as we explained there. there are other terms that are censored, it might be flagged, but it wouldn't actively stop anyone from raising concerns about sensitive subjects, as i understand it. explain to us the worry about how it might be used to deter those who want to speak out about human rights issues. >> yeah, so again, it's not really clear what this censorship list is doing in the app. there is some messaging function. i think this is more to do with, that's the way chinese apps are built. you really need that censorship stuff built in, because if you have a messaging thing that doesn't have that, you might be able to get in trouble with the
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chinese government. the chinese have been very clear in the arerun up to the olympic that there won't be censorship of athletes online. what's a concern is there has been some language from chinese officials about, you know, protecting free speech within a certain limit, and then they have been putting slightly concerning caveats on just what that means and suggesting that some things that people do in pay jing could potentially breach chinese law. what that is, we don't necessarily know yet, but we imagine if someone was to stage some sort of protest or use the platform that they gain at the olympics to share a lot of sensitive material from china's perspective, that that could get them into hot water with the beijing government. >> not surprisingly. olympic athletes might feel that they have, you know, bigger worries going into this competition. do you get a sense that they're taking this issue seriously? >> you know, we've seen from a number of athletes that they've
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been speaking openly about the fact that their organizing committees have told them to take burner devices and be careful about what they do in china. china is a very heavily surveilled country. they're using an internet that is very, very controlled, even if certain restrictions have been lifted for foreigners while they're in beijing for the olympics. and so there is always going to be that concern. i think from athlete's perspective, they may be too worried, because they might think, you know, am i really a target for beijing. am i -- am i doing anything that is worth surveilling by the chinese state. i think the concern may be is more for, especially for journalists going into the games and, you know, for the limited number of government officials that are going in, as well. >> well, human lirights activis have been calling for athletes to speak out about human rights. it will be interesting to see whether they do and if they do, whether they will be heard. listen, thank you, james griffith, really appreciate your insights on this. >> thanks for having me.
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a compelling battle is happening right now in the men's final of the australian open tennis tournament. spanish superstar rafael nadal is hoping to make history with a record 21st grand slam title, but the reigning open champ medvedev is no pushover. he powered through the first step overwomaning nadal, six games to two. joining me now is rafa you bah. ten years celebrating nadal and medvedev. so nadal may be the sentimental favorite here, clearly has his work cut out for him, especially now that he's down a set. what's the latest? >> he is actually down a set, kim. but if you're a nadal fan, take heart, because he's just broken in the second set after a fantastic 40-shot rally, helping
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him to get that break of serve. and kim, i think you make a very good point. big picture, we know that nadal is going for grand slam title number 21, but he is facing somebody that is ten years younger, and somebody now that is the best hard-core player at the moment on the men's side. if he's going to come back and win this match, i think it would be a pretty considerable upset. he's got the fans behind him. >> looking back, speaking of the fans getting behind a player, the women's final yesterday, the win by hometown hero, i imagine aussies are still celebrating this historic win. >> oh, yeah, definitely. you have to wait a long time, 1978 was the last time an australian plan at home. that was chris o'neil. and after that, the closest anyone got was 2005, 17 years ago. so to have somebody win to end the drought, they've been waiting a long time. and you have to say also, kim, in terms of the player who won,
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she was the world number one, she was the favorite going in. and even despite that, having all the measure on her shoulders, the expectation of a nation on her shoulders, she came through. it wasn't the most clean match, but that wasn't to be expected, because of everything that was riding on it and all she had to deal with. >> it's an amazing story. and speaking of a huge homegrown win, another australian triumph on the men's double side. >> yeah, that was quite something, because i was reflecting on this yesterday. you have kind of the quiet brilliance of ashbarti, and then you have these wild scenes, winning the all-australian men's doubles final. and i don't think we've seen this in a long time. to get the crowds, four doubles, even if it was a grand slam final at the half. that atmosphere, the ratings were sky high, over the roof in australia. andion, kerry osh is a polarizing figure, but there's no denying when he plays a match, everybody watches.
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all eyes were on that team and the atmosphere for the most part was outstanding. >> the first australian win since the woodies so many years ago. and finally, overall, do you feel the tournament was able to escape the rather large shadow catch by the novak djokovic covid issue? and how do you think that might affect the next big tournament going forward? >> i think, given that it happened two and a half weeks ago ago, it's obviously not going to be forgotten. it's going to linger on. we don't know what will happen next in terms of djokovic. how many tournaments he'll be able to play with the protocols in place. that's the big, big question. it could have ramifications for this 21st grand slam title for him and with the other players. already winning at home and with nadal in the final with medvedev, it's been a pretty good conclusion. >> we'll follow it. thanks so much for joining us. i'm kim brunhuber and i'll be back with more cnn"cnn newsr"
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