In China, state surveillance is total



China’s buildup of the surveillance state — “Intelligence Matters”

January 4, 2023 / 6:00 AM / CBS News

This week on “Intelligence Matters,” host Michael Morell speaks with Wall Street Journal reporters Liza Lin and Josh Chin about their new book “Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control.” Their new reporting examines how China’s data collection goes beyond that of other countries as China seeks to create a model to export as an alternative to democratic governance. Lin and Chin detail Silicon Valley’s involvement in the buildup of China’s surveillance state and how the technology is used to surveil Uyghurs in Xinjiang.


  • CHINA’S ALTERNATIVE TO DEMOCRACY: LIZA LIN: China is probably the only country out there that hopes to use surveillance to create this techno-utopian state. And as we mentioned in our research and in the book, China has this ambition to use the data collected to analyze any future threats to its governance and to identify these threats quickly and do something about it, to create an alternative model to what democracy could offer.
  • HOW CHINESE SURVEILLANCE DIFFERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES: LIZA LIN: “And I think the difference between China and many other countries is that all these cameras are largely state owned. Unlike in the U.S., where you have a ton of Amazon ring cameras that are privately owned, a lot of the surveillance cameras that you see on the street in China are owned by government agencies and largely by the Chinese police. And beyond access to those 400 million cameras, the Chinese government still has access to about a billion smartphones that the Chinese citizens use. And that’s because there are a series of national security and intelligence laws that were put in place in China over the last decade that actually allow the Chinese government to have access to a lot of the information that Chinese tech companies collect.”
  • SILICON VALLEY’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CREATION OF CHINA’S SURVEILLANCE STATE: JOSH CHIN: If you think about Silicon Valley involvement, it’s huge. And not just in components. If you think about the financial aspect of things, a lot of U.S. private equity companies and venture capital companies were the first companies to give Chinese surveillance startups a leg up in the game by funding them. So there are a lot of ways that the West and in particular the U.S. has contribute

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