China’s surveillance sees all

In China, facial recognition cameras are everywhere.

Cameras monitor jaywalking and banking and classrooms and grocery stores. Cameras are installed to ensure that runners don’t shortcut their races. At some public toilets, cameras allow only a 2-foot section of toilet paper to be dispensed every 9 minutes.  

In other words, this government not only monitors its citizens for criminal activity; it tries to influence its citizens’ behavior. And, for many, the technology has created a sense of untrust, interfering in friendships as people grapple with the sense of being exposed and vulnerable.

Click here to read the WSJ article.

For more information: The Transparent Chinese (NY Times)


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