“China is reversing the commonly held vision of technology as a great democratizer, bringing people more freedom and connecting them to the world. In China, it has brought control.”
There are an estimated 200 million surveillance cameras nationwide, 4 times the number in the USA.
The article does not dodge the same inequality issues that USA faces. “The current (post-Mao) system has created severe social and economic segregation. So now the rulers use the taxpayers’ money to monitor the taxpayers.” In other words, there is scope for the same process of “escape for the rich and favoured” that the US system offers via the application of tech.
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