Surveillance and Dissent in China

Kaye Beach

Chinese leaders look for ways to defuse unrest as revolt fizzles out

IN THE end, the call for a Chinese response to uprisings in the Middle East fizzled out, but leaders are clearly rattled by how quickly the Jasmine Revolution spread online and have called for new ways to defuse unrest.

Disgruntled citizens did gather in China’s major cities after the internet call went out, but the authorities were ahead of them. On Saturday they rounded up the major dissidents not already in jail and were a major presence in areas where protesters gathered.

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Thousands of cameras watch China’s Uighurs, inhibiting discourse

URUMQI, China — Looking slowly around his own bedroom, the nervous Uighur man with hunched shoulders said he wasn’t sure whether he could speak openly about the Chinese government.

“Someone may be listening on the other side of any wall here,” said Anwar, a 50-year-old shopkeeper who didn’t want his last name made public. “We must think of our own safety.”
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China has ways of making sure any unrest “fizzles out”  We are getting there.

Here’s a guy not content with making big bucks off selling surveillance tech to China so that it can control it’s citizens, he makes sure the state’s don’t have any protective legislation in place that would interfere with his organization being able to profit from the same technology here.

“I want to thank George Orwell for having the depth and foresight to plan my career” 1998 Richard Chace, SIA

SIA CEO Richard Chace Schmoozing

Recently in Oklahoma the powerful lobbying organization, SIA, swooped in and demolished a bill that would have kept RFID out of our identity documents.  This was a simple and well crafted bill that enjoyed bipartisan support and passed with a large majority through both houses.  All it lacked to become law was the Governor’s signature.  The CEO of the Security Industry Association used his considerable influence to make sure that the bill did not receive the Governor’s approval.

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China’s All Seeing Eye

With the help of U.S. defense contractors, China is building the prototype for a high-tech police state. It is ready for export.

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