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What the Chinese Surveillance State Means for the Rest of the World

What the Chinese Surveillance State Means for the Rest of the World

What the Chinese Surveillance State Means for the Rest of the World

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 6:39 AM EST

Every move in the city is seemingly captured digitally. Cameras perch over sidewalks, hover across busy intersections and swivel above shopping districts. But Chongqing is by no means unique. Eight of the top 10 most surveilled cities in the world are in China, according to Comparitech, as the world’s No. 2 economy rolls out an unparalleled system of social control. Facial–recognition software is used to access office buildings, snare criminals and even shame jaywalkers at busy intersections. China today is a harbinger of what society looks like when surveillance proliferates unchecked.

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