Skip to comments.Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life
Posted on 12/19/2017 7:40:16 PM PST by bitt
URUMQI, ChinaThis city on Chinas Central Asia frontier may be one of the most closely surveilled places on earth.
Security checkpoints with identification scanners guard the train station and roads in and out of town. Facial scanners track comings and goings at hotels, shopping malls and banks. Police use hand-held devices to search smartphones for encrypted chat apps, politically charged videos and other suspect content. To fill up with gas, drivers must first swipe their ID cards and stare into a camera.
Chinas efforts to snuff out a violent separatist movement by some members of the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group have turned the autonomous region of Xinjiang, of which Urumqi is the capital, into a laboratory for high-tech social controls that civil-liberties activists say the government wants to roll out across the country.
It is nearly impossible to move about the region without feeling the unrelenting gaze of the government. Citizens and visitors alike must run a daily gantlet of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras and machines scanning their ID cards, faces, eyeballs and sometimes entire bodies.
When fruit vendor Parhat Imin swiped his card at a telecommunications office this summer to pay an overdue phone bill, his photo popped up with an X. Since then, he says, every scan of his ID card sets off an alarm. He isnt sure what it signifies, but figures he is on some kind of government watch list because he is a Uighur and has had intermittent run-ins with the police.
He says he is reluctant to travel for fear of being detained. They blacklisted me, he says. I cant go anywhere.
All across China, authorities are rolling out new technology to keep watch over people and shape their behavior. Controls on expression have tightened under President Xi Jinping, and the states vast
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Why bother to post WSJ articles that can’t be read because of their paywall?
Who would ever believe that WE are right behind them..?
The thought is ridiculous.
One used to be able to google the headline and get the article, but it doesn’t work anymore (at least not for me)
One word: Uighurs
maybe clean your cache - sometimes I get in and sometimes I don’t....sorry..
I’ll FR mail you the rest if you want..
I wanted to send this to a friend of mine who travels to China - if you can FR mail it, thanks.
This is what James Comey and the Obama administration were pushing for here when they tried to force Apple to provide a backdoor.
At least they paid American companies to set it up for them.
We really are not that far behind.
This Democrat Party admires Red China as an ideal society.
Islam is a threat to the Communist Party and in China they take threats seriously.
I don’t want to live like that, but that would be how you control the jihadis.
The Bush League of the GOP are just as enamored of China.
The globalist financier oligarchy is trying to do to China with various separatist and religious movements what they did to us with the hippies. I approve of the methods they are using to protect their sovereignty from a metaphorical Opium War. Google “BRICS” and you’ll see what this is all about.
Google is building a new AI system in China and can use it’s population to refine its “work.”
Thanks to Google, we are already there, but we voluntarily bring the monitoring equipment with us ...
That’s why I use a Nokia 3585.
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anyone else? It’s ready to send.
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