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

March 19, 2019
Fellow for Emerging Technologies
China Analyst

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.


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