“Tools that, critics say, are intended to aid authoritarianism and oppression.”

China exporting its citizen surveillance program

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Wed, Nov 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Reportedly China has been exporting its high-tech tools for monitoring and tracking individual citizens and its first customer appears to be Venezuela. While the system used there is not using the same social credit system China is famous for, it is still being used as a tool of control. Other countries are soon to follow their lead.

As Daniel Benaim and Hollie Russon Gilman explained in a Future Tense piece in August, other governments, too, have reportedly been working with Chinese firms to develop high-tech programs to collect data on their citizens: building a large-scale facial recognition project in Zimbabwe, equipping law enforcement officers with body-worn cameras with A.I.-powered facial-recognition technology in Malaysia, and constructing a highly surveilled smart city in Egypt.

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