CHINA – Surveillance state or way of the future? | DW Documentary video

China – Surveillance state or way of the future? | DW Documentary

China is building a huge digital surveillance system. The state collects massive amounts of data from willing citizens: the benefits are practical, and people who play by the rules are rewarded. Critics call it “the most ambitious Orwellian project in human history.” China’s digital surveillance system involves massive amounts of data being gathered by the state.

In the so-called “brain” of Shanghai, for example, authorities have an eye on everything. On huge screens, they can switch to any of the approximately one million cameras, to find out who’s falling asleep behind the wheel, or littering, or not following Coronavirus regulations. “We want people to feel good here, to feel that the city is very safe,” says Sheng Dandan, who helped design the “brain.”         

Surveys suggest that most Chinese citizens are inclined to see benefits as opposed to risks: if algorithms can identify every citizen by their face, speech and even the way they walk, those breaking the law or behaving badly will have no chance. It’s incredibly convenient: a smartphone can be used to accomplish just about any task, and playing by the rules leads to online discounts thanks to a social rating system.

That’s what makes Big Data so attractive, and not just in China. But where does the required data come from? Who owns it, and who is allowed to use it? The choice facing the Western world is whether to engage with such technology at the expense of social values, or ignore it, allowing others around the world to set the rules. #documentary #freedocumentary #China


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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 12/18/2021 at 3:09 pm

    Scary stuff.

  • wally n  On 12/18/2021 at 4:48 pm

    People also ask……..
    What companies do BlackRock own?
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    Bunch of criminals, been planning for years..
    apart for shadowing people’s every move, buying land, housing, everything.
    My personal (opinion) Guyana has the necessary requirements, to support the country with, Agriculture, so important, also Sunshine/falls (solar) Water (Guyana!!) small population,throw a few billions from oil, to rebuild infrastructure, we can easily become the The Nordic Region of the South, with a nicer culture. The more small countries lock into the tentacles of developed (compromised) giants they can lose everything of value,to support the host.
    Remember like most former colonies, going up river without a paddle,we all gave enough, circle the wagons,
    GUYANA FIRST we had our hard times…made us STRONGER we can/will go ever upwards then drag up the ungrateful Caribbean after.(maybe)

  • wally n  On 12/18/2021 at 5:19 pm

    This situation is so grave,people with small minds really think they know what is better for mankind?(trudeau was a drama school teacher)If their plan was so good, we would be lining up to sign up, instead we lining up for booster #4
    Guyanese used to question everything, what happened????

    Schwab’s Young Global Leaders: Incubator of “The Great Reset”?

    In 1992 Schwab established a parallel institution, the Global Leaders for Tomorrow school, which was re-established as Young Global Leaders in 2004.

    Attendees at the school must apply for admission and are then subjected to a rigorous selection process.

    Members of the school’s very first class in 1992 already included many who went on to become important liberal political figures, such as Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, Justin Trudeau and Tony Blair.

    There are currently about 1,300 graduates of this school, and the list of alumni includes several names of those who went on to become leaders of the health institutions of their respective nations.

    Four of them are former and current health ministers for Germany, including Jens Spahn, who has been Federal Minister of Health since 2018.

    Philipp Rösler, who was Minister of Health from 2009 until 2011, was appointed the WEF’s Managing Director by Schwab in 2014.

  • WIC  On 12/18/2021 at 7:41 pm

    I would never agree with a country’s political or business leaders spying its population and that’s to be criticized. The fact of life is that leaders will do whatever is necessary to remain in control.

    However, had you people been in Guyana during the early to late 1970’s, you would know that Burnham and his cohorts had a surveillance state up and running. Private telephones when making international calls had a 2-3 second delay between words spoken and being heard; based on my personal experience, it appears the calls were being filtered through a recording device. Local calls were even more brazenly overseen, with females listening and presumably reporting back to a cadre somewhere. If you wanted to make a private international call, you went directly to the Cable & Wireless office on Main St.(Bank of Guyana building?) If you wished to have a private/sensitive in person conversation, a safe place was to park your car along the Georgetown seawall Public Rd. between Camp St. and Vlissengen Rd. The Kirpilani’s and Thani’s etc. were individuals I always saw there speaking.

    Who claims not to know the above, is either too young, was out of the country by the 1970’s, has a poor or selective memory.

    As an aside, who among you doesn’t know that during the same period, Burnham called in all guns and instead of destroying them, quietly gave same to selected members of the party; presumably, the reason being that if the opposition is disarmed it cannot resist the govt. and its supporters. I believe this idea was recommended by an African leader but I don’t remember which one – try Nyerere or N’kruma.

    The Guyana govt. of those days was quite capable of now advising the current Chinese leaders on matters of surveillance. But as the late Brindley Ben used to say,” hang one and things will change” and they have certainly changed in Guyana. Wally et al, have a nice Christmas and be safe!

  • wally n  On 12/18/2021 at 9:11 pm

    WIC If you were around before 1970…a Christmas gift usually follows a Christmas wish…Oh how things have changed.. Best Wishes to you.

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