ASD’s Lindsay Gorman and Matt Schrader on Western Tech Firms in China in Foreign Policy

2019-03-19T12:30:16+00:00
March 19, 2019
Fellow for Emerging Technologies
China Analyst
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ASD’s Lindsay Gorman and Matt Schrader discuss Western tech firms and their role in building China’s surveillance state.

 

When a Dutch cybersecurity researcher disclosed last month that Chinese security contractor SenseNets left a massive facial recognition database tracking the movements of over 2.5 million people in China’s Xinjiang province unsecured on the internet, it briefly shone a spotlight on the alarming scope of the Chinese surveillance state.

But SenseNets is a symptom of a much larger phenomenon: Tech firms in the United States are lending expertise, reputational credence, and even technology to Chinese surveillance companies, wittingly or otherwise.

 

Foreign Policy

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