Tag: surveillance state

Joel Kotkin joins Seth Barron to discuss China’s urbanization, class tensions in Chinese cities, and the country’s increasingly sophisticated population surveillance.

Rapid migration from China’s countryside to its cities began in 1980. Many of the rural migrants arrived without hukou, or residential permits, making it harder to secure access to education, health care, and other services. The result: the creation of a massive urban underclass in many Chinese cities. Rising tensions in urban areas has led Chinese officials to look to technology for alternative methods of social control, ranging from facial-recognition systems to artificial intelligence.

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Britain: London has more surveillance cameras than any other city world, even though they have apparently proven pretty useless for fighting crime and terrorism. Her Majesty’s Government has also instituted a law that threatens British subjects with prison for liking or retweeting posts the State deems “racist.” It’s interesting that in the midst of a […]

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Maybe you can’t judge a book by its cover but you may be able to guess a criminal by his face. A couple of AI researchers in China have developed a method “automated inference on criminality based solely on still face images.” They conclude that “…the most important discovery of this research is that criminal […]

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