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Xinjiang Under Surveillance – How Technology Is Used to Monitor a Minority
Modern technologies enable new ways of monitoring and tracking minorities – a whole new level of mass surveillance. The extent of this is probably nowhere more evident than in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. Massive amounts of private data are collected from facial recognition cameras and mobile apps to target Muslim Uighurs. Already in 2017, BuzzFeed News reporter Megha Rajagopalan wrote an article on how the Chinese government turned Xinjiang into a police state. Two years later the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), with Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian as lead reporter, published the “China Cables”. They confirmed what was long suspected: the systematic surveillance of the Muslim Uighurs. Reportedly hundreds of thousands of Uighurs have been held in camps. Outside of the camps there seems hardly any chance of walking around unobserved.

How does China use big data and algorithms to arrest Uighurs? What influence does facial recognition have on systematical monitoring? To what extent is the rest of China under surveillance? Where are we heading with the rise of mass surveillance worldwide?

Join the public webcast on these issues with Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian and Megha Rajagopalan. Asia Society Members can additionally register for the 30 minutes (virtual) Talk at the Library directly afterwards to ask further questions.

Asia Society Members can additionally register for the (virtual) Talk at the Library directly afterwards.

Jul 6, 2020 05:00 PM in Zurich

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