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China's All-Seeing Eye

krou (1027572) writes | more than 5 years ago

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krou (1027572) writes "Naomi Klein writes in Rolling Stone Magazine about China's All-Seeing Eye, a Panopticon-like experiment called "Golden Shield" taking place in Shenzhen using technology supplied by companies such as IBM, Honeywell and General Electric. Ultimately, says the owner of one factory manufacturing surveillance equipment, the plan is "to have city-by-city surveillance, so they could just sit and monitor one city and its surveillance system as a whole ... Once the tests are done and it's proven, they will be spreading from the big province to the cities, even to the rural farmland." Klein writes:

This is how this Golden Shield will work: Chinese citizens will be watched around the clock through networked CCTV cameras and remote monitoring of computers. They will be listened to on their phone calls, monitored by digital voice-recognition technologies. Their Internet access will be aggressively limited through the country's notorious system of online controls known as the "Great Firewall." Their movements will be tracked through national ID cards with scannable computer chips and photos that are instantly uploaded to police databases and linked to their holder's personal data. This is the most important element of all: linking all these tools together in a massive, searchable database of names, photos, residency information, work history and biometric data. When Golden Shield is finished, there will be a photo in those databases for every person in China: 1.3 billion faces.
According to Klein, she sees this as more than just a Chinese experiment, but also one that holds ramifications for America and elsewhere, claiming that "the most efficient delivery system for capitalism is actually a communist-style police state", and that "the global corporations currently earning superprofits from this social experiment are unlikely to be content if the lucrative new market remains confined to cities such as Shenzhen. Like everything else assembled in China with American parts, Police State 2.0 is ready for export to a neighborhood near you.""

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