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Lao Dongyan, "Artificial Intelligence" - Reading the China Dream. How to Evade Big Brother: An Artist’s Guide. China’s invasive surveillance state is not yet a panopticon. State of Surveillance. Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network. 2020 SFRC Minority Staff Report The New Big Brother China and Digital Authoritarianism. China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment. The impetus for the campaign can be traced back to a crime spree in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.

China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

For nearly three decades, the police there investigated the rapes and murders of 11 women and girls, one as young as 8. They collected 230,000 fingerprints and sifted through more than 100,000 DNA samples. They offered a $28,000 reward. Then, in 2016, they arrested a man on unrelated bribery charges, according to the state news media. City’s Plan for Permanent ‘Health Codes’ Sparks Online Backlash. Authorities in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou have announced plans to launch a health-tracking QR code for monitoring people’s health status at all times — regardless of whether there is a public health emergency.

City’s Plan for Permanent ‘Health Codes’ Sparks Online Backlash

According to an official announcement reported by local media, the code would be displayed as a color and a numerical score out of 100, based on individuals’ medical records, physical exam results, and lifestyle choices such as smoking and general activity level. The project represents an expansion of China’s current virtual health passport system, which was introduced nationwide in February to monitor and control the spread of the coronavirus. Local officials have worked with smartphone apps such as Alipay and WeChat, the country’s two ubiquitous mobile payment platforms, to develop the system. Based on an individual’s travel history and health status, the apps would assign them a color code — green, yellow, or red — to indicate their contagion risk. Editor: David Paulk.

How the Cameras Reached China’s Front Doors. SHANGHAI — Chen Chong doesn’t need to use a key to get into his apartment building anymore.

How the Cameras Reached China’s Front Doors

Asia In-Depth Podcast: Is Chinese-Style Surveillance the Future? Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS Feed ∙ Download ∙ Full Episode Archive Less than a decade ago, amid the drama of the Arab Spring, it was fashionable to predict that technology would fatally weaken authoritarian governments around the world.

Asia In-Depth Podcast: Is Chinese-Style Surveillance the Future?

These views now seem hopelessly outdated — and nowhere is this more the case than in China. There, the ruling Communist Party has subjected the Muslim population of Xinjiang to severe restrictions and an extraordinary degree of high-tech surveillance. Asia In-Depth Podcast: Is Chinese-Style Surveillance the Future? Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS Feed ∙ Download ∙ Full Episode Archive Less than a decade ago, amid the drama of the Arab Spring, it was fashionable to predict that technology would fatally weaken authoritarian governments around the world.

Asia In-Depth Podcast: Is Chinese-Style Surveillance the Future?

These views now seem hopelessly outdated — and nowhere is this more the case than in China. There, the ruling Communist Party has subjected the Muslim population of Xinjiang to severe restrictions and an extraordinary degree of high-tech surveillance. NPR Choice page. A Surveillance Net Blankets China’s Cities, Giving Police Vast Powers. Recognize this guy?

A Surveillance Net Blankets China’s Cities, Giving Police Vast Powers

How about this one? Him? They all have something in common. They govern like autocrats. 27 Companies Drafting China’s First National Facial Recognition Standard. Over two dozen Chinese companies have officially begun developing a national standard for facial-recognition technology, the group’s leader, artificial intelligence giant SenseTime, announced Wednesday.

27 Companies Drafting China’s First National Facial Recognition Standard

“Nowadays, face scanning has become the daily ‘norm’ for the general public to experience innovation and enjoy convenience,” the Hong Kong-based company wrote in a public post on social app WeChat. “However, the wide application of facial recognition in different fields has also led to a series of problems such as identity theft and fraud resulting from a lack of regulation on technical accuracy, as well as security risks stemming from a lack of regulation on facial data collection, storage, and usage.” The move to set a national standard will have a significant impact on regulating and improving how facial recognition is applied in China, SenseTime said. Editor: David Paulk. The Chinese Surveillance State, Part 1. Michael barbaro From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro.

The Chinese Surveillance State, Part 1

This is “The Daily.” Today: Under Xi Jinping, China is pioneering a new form of governance by surveillance. Professors, Beware. In China, Student Spies Might Be Watching. CHENGDU, China — With a neon-red backpack and white Adidas shoes, he looks like any other undergraduate on the campus of Sichuan University in southwestern China.

Professors, Beware. In China, Student Spies Might Be Watching.

But Peng Wei, a 21-year-old chemistry major, has a special mission: He is both student and spy. Mr. Peng is one of a growing number of “student information officers” who keep tabs on their professors’ ideological views. They are there to help root out teachers who show any sign of disloyalty to President Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party. World Catching Up With China on Surveillance Tech.

China’s ‘data doors’ scoop up information straight from your phone. Facial recognition devices have become ubiquitous across China.

China’s ‘data doors’ scoop up information straight from your phone

Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State. C.E.I.E.C. and China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to requests for comment. In a statement, Huawei said: “Huawei provides technology to support smart city and safe city programs across the world. In each case, Huawei does not get involved in setting public policy in terms of how that technology is used.” In Ecuador, the cameras that are part of ECU-911 hang from poles and rooftops, from the Galápagos Islands to the Amazonian jungle.

The system lets the authorities track phones and may soon get facial-recognition capabilities. Recordings allow the police to review and reconstruct past incidents. (21) China: facial recognition and state control. 171212 China Monitor 44 Programming China EN 0. Scmp. The-police-state-of-the-future-is-already-here# Who needs democracy when you have data? In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in “electronic democracy,” in which a single citizen, selected to represent an entire population, responded to questions generated by a computer named Multivac.

The machine took this data and calculated the results of an election that therefore never needed to happen. Subscribe to read. Internet Users in China Expect to Be Tracked. Now, They Want Privacy. Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras. Blogging the Slow-Motion Revolution: An Interview with China's Huang Qi. Huang Qi is best known in China as the creator of the country’s first human rights website, Liusi Tianwang, or “June 4 Heavenly Web.” A collection of reports and photos, as well as the occasional first-person account of abuse, the site is updated several times a day. It documents some of the hundreds of protests continually taking place in China, many related to government land seizures.

Tech Giants Feel the Squeeze as Xi Jinping Tightens His Grip. China Snares Innocent and Guilty Alike to Build World’s Biggest DNA Database. In Sign of Resistance, Chinese Balk at Using Apps to Snitch on Neighbors.

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Surveillance in Xinjiang.