The New York Times
Products created for China’s vast surveilled and censored domestic market are increasingly popular overseas.
In 2009, after internet-fueled race riots between Uighur Muslims and Han Chinese in China’s northwest territory of Xinjiang, the ruling Communist Party took drastic action: the digital kill switch. Beijing disabled Xinjiang’s internet, sending military police to restore order. The blackout lasted nearly a year. Now, a decade later, Xinjiang is writhing under a new clampdown aimed at the Uighurs. This time, Beijing has embraced the opposite philosophy: a digital panopticon, enlisting private tech firms to expand China’s internet of things and enmesh its own people.
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Nick Frisch , May 2, 2019
As the Chinese government continues to increase monitoring of citizens through internet based applications and personal devices, threats to personal privacy and freedom of thought in China are under greater threat than ever before. As the Communist party builds high-volume DNA and facial recognition databases to monitor citizens, people in the U.S. should be weary of using technology that could be used as yet another collection module by the Chinese government.