Hightech tracking system being built in Shenzen, China

13Aug07

 shenzenbigbrother

The New York Times reports about a security/tracking system which is being built in Shenzen, China. Some 20’000+  surveilance cameras are being installed and will be guided by US-financed software to keep track of the 12.4 million population. To make this work the Chinese came up with an idea George Orwell would have loved: Every citizen of the quick growing city will be required to carry a residency card on which a chip is embedded. The following quote from the New York Times should scare you.

Data on the chip will include not just the citizen’s name and address but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China’s controversial “one child” policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and small purchases charged to the card.

“If they do not get the permanent card, they cannot live here, they cannot get government benefits, and that is a way for the government to control the population in the future,” said Michael Lin, the vice president for investor relations at China Public Security Technology, the company providing the technology.

The above mentioned “China Public Security Technology” company has offices in Los Angeles and New York since they work closely with IBM, HP, Cisco and Dell.

Land of the brave, land of the free …

Links: Article on BoingBoing and the New York Times report

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3 Responses to “Hightech tracking system being built in Shenzen, China”

  1. I for one welcome our new surveillance overlords!

    I mean, newer IS better, especially concerning technology!

    Daniel “cynical” Vetter just bowing before the god of pitch black humour …

  2. I for one welcome my regularly commenting and cynical overlord. btw: when are the “in soviet china” jokes going to start … ?

  3. Easy one: As soon as soviet russia enters the internet and becomes a dominant factor on /.

    Hey, where else could one possible spend gobs of time to further lower the productivity and leverage bureaucracy!

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