China’s Xinjiang surveillance sets a worrying precedent

Feb 23, 2018, 7:04 AM EST
(Source: Marc van der Chijs/flickr)
(Source: Marc van der Chijs/flickr)

China’s Xinjiang, a region dominated largely by Muslim Uighur minority, runs under a constant surveillance system equipped with facial-recognition technology that alerts the authorities whenever a “suspect” strays 300 meter from their home or workplace.

Xinjiang has emerged as a hotbed for testing cutting-edge surveillance technologies such as harvesting biometric data, voice analysis, smartphone scanners and satellite tracking for vehicles, turning the region virtually into a total police state, writes The Guardian.

Some “authoritarian-minded countries” are already beginning to import these monitoring technologies from China, propelling humanity towards a dystopian future that no one wants, notes Engadget.