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People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of the country's hundreds of millions of internet users.
The government says it wants to "protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace".
Jeffrey Ding, a researcher on Chinese artificial intelligence at Oxford University, said that one of China's motivations for getting rid of anonymous phone numbers and internet accounts was to boost cyber-security and reduce internet fraud.
China is often described as a surveillance state - in 2017 it had 170 million CCTV cameras in place across the country with the goal of installing an estimated 400 million new ones by 2020.
The effects of China’s high-tech surveillance model reach well beyond its borders: Increasingly China has been selling its blueprint, including the software and hardware it uses in its surveillance regime, abroad.
These outbound plans are suffused with the potential for the development of security societies, particularly in countries managed by regimes with poor human rights records and where democratic institutions are either weak or are still in their infancy.
China’s surveillance technology exports could have a considerable impact abroad, potentially weakening or undermining the development of free and open societies.
originally posted by: Edumakated
Consumers need to wake up and stop supporting companies who do business with and in China.
originally posted by: Metallicus
China is the progressive model for the world. Authoritarianism and a tightly controlled population with a dose of capitalism. You can see this is the direction Democrats are going.