China: facial recognition and state control | The Economist

China: facial recognition and state control | The Economist


Improving lives,… …increasing connectivity across the world. That’s the great promise
offered by data-driven technology. [Protests] But in China, it also promises
greater state control and abuse of power. [Protests] This is the next groundbreaking development
in data driven technology:… …facial recognition. And in China
you can already withdraw cash,… …check-in at airports,… …and pay for goods,
using just your face. The country is the world’s leader
in the use of this emerging technology. And China’s many
artificial intelligence startups… …are determined
to keep it that way in the future. Companies like YITU. We’re pioneering… …Artificial Intelligence research and innovation,… …in the hope of creating
a safer, faster, and healthier world. [Chinese] YITU is creating the building blocks
for a smart city of the future,… …where facial recognition
is part of everyday life. This could even extend to detecting
what people are thinking. Facial recognition:
they can read people’s emotions,… …and we are actually now working
on these innovative demonstrations and technology. But the Chinese government has plans
to use this new biometric technology… …to cement its authoritarian rule. The country has ambitious plans
to develop a vast national surveillance system,… …based on facial recognition. It’ll be used to monitor
its 1.4 billion citizens… …in unprecedented ways. With the capability of tracking everything,
from their emotions… to their sexuality. The primary means
will be a vast network of CCTV cameras. A 170 million are already in place,… …and an estimated 400 million new ones
will be installed over the next three years. The authorities insist this program
will allow them to improve security for citizens,… …and if you have nothing to hide,
you have nothing to fear. But not everyone is convinced. [Chinese] Hongshen Kwai is a former magazine editor. He was ousted by the government. He feels like he’s under constant surveillance. [Chinese] Already the authorities are using facial recognition
to name and shame citizens. Even for minor offenses,
like jaywalking. In Beijing,… …they’re using the technology
to prevent people… …stealing rolls of loo paper
from public toilets. And across China, police officers
are now trialing sunglasses and body cameras,… …loaded with facial and gesture
recognition technology. It’s helping them to identify
wanted suspects in real-time. What worries some people here… …is that, as the technology develops,
so too does the capacity for it to be abused. [Chinese] Some of those most at risk
in this hyper-surveillance future… …are the ethnic minorities in China. In Xinjiang province, the Chinese government
is wary of the separatist threat… …posed by the Muslim Uyghur population. According to local NGOs,… …an estimated 1 million Uyghurs… …are being detained indefinitely
in secretive internment camps,… …where some are being subject to abuse. It’s been called the largest mass incarceration
of a minority population in the world today. The authorities are using facial recognition cameras
to scan people’s faces before they enter markets. The system alerts authorities if targeted individuals stray 300 meters beyond their home. In the future, the government plans
to aggregate even more data,… …and build a predictive policing programme… …that imposes even tighter controls here. Without checks and balances,… …China will keep finding new ways
to violate the human rights of its citizens. What’s already happening in Xinjiang
is a warning the rest of the world must heed.

100 Comments

  • peckerdecker

    April 16, 2019

    who controls what's been viewed by these surveillance equipment?
    WHERE Is the information of your face going to?

    Cctv-
    This is Horrible.

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  • 大排米面

    April 17, 2019

    What about Snowden? What about Merkel's private phone?

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  • HellaHellaHella HEY

    April 17, 2019

    1:53–1:54 They stole this project from google
    it was called:
    ( Google Glass ).

    Reply
  • Randy Pearce

    April 17, 2019

    China wants the trust and respect of the world and then they do this? Tiny Chinese penis is the problem.

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  • Lintao Ma

    April 19, 2019

    This video is nothing but cross edit of commercial prototype advertisement and state propaganda. It shows no definitive source of actual facial recognition or public surveillance technologies being used by the Chinese government. Instead, look at this Amazon facial recognition system that is going to be implemented in Oregon and Orlando. The Economist should feel ashamed of producing this amateurish level of biased videos rather than reporting serious news.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/22/amazon-is-selling-facial-recognition-to-law-enforcement-for-a-fistful-of-dollars/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.504c2e41a35c

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  • Hainan Cho

    April 20, 2019

    interesting…why do these liberals always have the same options with robbers,theives,terrorists,liars and other criminals.

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  • bks bks

    April 20, 2019

    The Chinese government evil director ship control government is vary evil.this is the start of the number of the beast. So China is always called it's self the dragon. And in the holy bible. Satan is the the dragon. The Chinese government has taken total control over the people. That is ware all the people and rich and government's around the world .all run and join in with her riches and evil deeds.wake up world take that mark of the beast and there will be no turning back to god.for hope salvation. Jesus Christ the only saviour for man kind .

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  • Onyx Lee

    April 24, 2019

    With nobody stopping them, only many countries waiting in line to buy their solutions, I can't see how this trend will ever slow down.

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  • twenlil

    April 24, 2019

    Another western propaganda !

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  • Albert Ferguson

    April 28, 2019

    Once again, the Economist is propping up propaganda of the Asian Empire, broadcasting this scary stuff about this ancient cabal that keeps up to 35 million Chinese without indoor toilet facilities. All this scary modern tech news makes Asia look more powerful than it really is.

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  • jwhanhust

    April 28, 2019

    Biased lies and lies. You only make me become more and more supportive for CCP, good job!

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  • Manny Ribera

    April 29, 2019

    Security cameras up the arse!

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  • 匿名

    April 29, 2019

    China (mass surveillance)
    Usa (mass shootings)
    get the difference?

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  • Jianda Ni

    April 30, 2019

    It's true that life became easier and "safer" under this vast surveillance grid… But at what cost???

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  • miss you

    May 2, 2019

    western always play dirty work in religion especially xinjiang china. you had no idea how long that the hangs and xinjiang people relationship since over few thousand years old not this era so stay out of great china

    Reply
  • Thomas ABABA

    May 5, 2019

    I bet every Chinese politician's are getting boner at looking at hot check in street.

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  • Isham Kader

    May 6, 2019

    This is not AI but rather than DATA collection and matching which is centralised..

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  • Elio Huang

    May 8, 2019

    talk about privacy ? if u dont want invasion of privacy ,smash ur phone and move to middle of nowhere , everywhere is the same , all govornment do the same f up shit to its citizens.idk mabye someday people will sudden wake the hell up and fight ,because now yall like signing all the privacy trems for convenience

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  • ck LIM

    May 9, 2019

    China doesc thing to protect majority of public safety. The American isto project safety of terrorist minority

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  • Gravitas Diverbium

    May 11, 2019

    If the state choose to they can make anything they want illegal, forcing citizens conform to anything; things like what clothes you wear, your purchase choices and even what you eat. This technology will jeopardise individualism and severely limit freedom of choice. Pushing people too far will lead to rebellion, anarchy and ultimately breakdown of society. So crack on China, roll on World War III. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

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  • shades2

    May 14, 2019

    1984 in 2024.

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  • BlazinNSoul

    May 14, 2019

    Wow this is like Minority Report but for real lol. China has gone full on orwellian here. Sad we have gotten to this pathetic state.

    But we are also not far behind China in this respect. Good news is there still resistance to it as is the case in San Francisco.

    Which is trying to ban facial recognition. I hope they are successful as despise companies that use this technology for their own personal gain.

    __________________________________________

    This brings nothing of use to the general population but more control. China is an extreme case of course.

    But don't think it can't happen here as there is already a socialist movement. Which plays right into this whole way of thinking.

    This reminds me of World War II Germany. Where the Statsi Brigade where sent out to weed out German Jewish sympathizers.

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    Citizens were asked to spy on other citizens and report to the Stasi. The Chinese government here is basically taking this to the next level.

    A mentality where points are added or subtracted. Based on how good Chinese nationalist you are or not. Get enough strike points against you.

    Your publicly shamed for all to see lol. Well that's certainly one way of controlling the population. Where is Neo when you need him lol. :/

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  • mr nobody

    May 15, 2019

    Everyone under surveillance except the CCP member

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  • Boois Hoois

    May 16, 2019

    This is exactly why I want to live off grid. Nothing good will come in the future of living in high density population centers.

    Reply
  • Fabio Gnesin

    May 16, 2019

    Arya Stark doesn't care about it

    Reply
  • 1EccentricMoFo

    May 18, 2019

    FUCKIN ELITE SCUM 5G KILL GRID KUNTS

    Reply
  • 1EccentricMoFo

    May 18, 2019

    KUNTS

    Reply
  • Petrov Michail

    May 21, 2019

    I've never asked for this

    Reply
  • Pirate Radio Podcasts

    May 22, 2019

    Kyaaaaarrrr! Creepy commies. "Vote" w/ your fashion: WEAR a HAT, wear sunglasses, and carry an umbrella. Send a strong, clear message: WE do NOT CONSENT.

    Reply
  • 用圈圈套你别跑

    May 22, 2019

    We got so many five cents robots here! Chinese are so happy to be spy on. Bullshit!

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  • K. R .J

    May 23, 2019

    I love China <3 I want the Police hub glasses

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  • Jockmon

    May 24, 2019

    They make it seem like China is the only one but the us and eu are doing it too

    Reply
  • BOY BOY

    May 24, 2019

    Let report this channel or News what ever fake news this is

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  • meiren yu

    May 24, 2019

    Isis Terorist can not come at china because there is many china use facial recognition will spy on you isis terrorist too easy caught to be death. Because china already hate isis terorist during 1989 – 2016.. china, american and european will complete facial recognition in future

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  • 17

    May 24, 2019

    Like, why would you be concerned if you are a good person? At least it's better than woken up at 3 am by some emergency message asking for citizens' help to find some kidnapper's car with a fking plate number. It's like there's no security camera in Canada

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  • Miles Lim

    May 25, 2019

    fucking shit country

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  • asspartacus

    May 28, 2019

    This is creepy and human Right violating. Just imagine You are staying naked spiritually and physically anywhere you go through those CCTVs.

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  • bo wa

    June 1, 2019

    great job of China

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  • Darren Z

    June 2, 2019

    so the lesson is dont commit crime in China cause you will be tracked down instantly.

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  • Julian Taylor

    June 3, 2019

    Alright, I`ve got one for you. As you probably know, China`s very big on surveillance. Well, this Chinese criminal who was wanted went to watch football, and there were around 60,000 people in the stadium. Anyway, the cameras picked him out using facial recognition, and the police were able to come along and apprehend him. When the British law enforcement agencies heard about this they though, "Wow! That`s impressive – we`ll have some of that." So anyway, at great expense Britain goes ahead and purchases and installs this state of the art equipment. Unfortunately it didn`t work over there – all English people look the same.

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  • Hunter Gatherer

    June 5, 2019

    Fuuuuuuck this!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  • Daniel Jean-Baptiste

    June 6, 2019

    5G authoritarian era, China wants to spread virtual communism around the world.

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  • Lovemore Nk

    June 8, 2019

    The wall of shame hahah I picture has been in one, we were crossing the road but the light traffic changed to red in the middle of our crossing, and We’re there on the wall of shame

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  • Z Melody

    June 11, 2019

    why are people shouting English to protest or is it happening in another country? Or maybe they are just puppet of foreign media? Edit: and also holding an American flag. oops

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  • Jennif. Ley

    June 15, 2019

    Oh US & UK, you’re not too different either

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  • Justwantahover

    June 15, 2019

    I can't even make a comment. I don't want any slope heads knocking at my door (and I live in Australia).

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  • r.maditya sashank

    June 16, 2019

    Only DIRECT DEMOCRACY can solve this problem

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  • Genius K

    June 16, 2019

    Wow amazing

    Reply
  • Javier Strive !!!

    June 17, 2019

    Pussy Government

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  • 汤寅

    June 17, 2019

    So what? We Chinese like it as long as u are not a criminal.

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  • I THE PREACHER

    June 18, 2019

    Nazis in china too. I don't think Germany lost WWII. It was a deception, after all the US did take in the German Nazi Scientists and they worked for the US Government. Isn't that correct America? This up surd predictive software will be coming to each state in America immediately. America be aware of tyranny.

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  • 肖kin

    June 20, 2019

    too much freedom just for yourself is hurt to others freedom.

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  • Push Boundaries

    June 20, 2019

    But thats what is happening round the world. Not just China, if you have a touch phone, you are surveilled 24/7 and can do virtually everything with your phone

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  • Pamela Francis

    June 20, 2019

    400m new cameras after this?

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  • Prince P

    June 22, 2019

    Actually they doing great they tracking people for their own good and safety and security the country with 1:3 billion people can pay with you face means how develop their country is amazing all countries must follow this

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  • Amos Teo

    June 24, 2019

    This is so scary, its gonna make ppl not even wanna step foot in this country for fear of being monitored n then stealing my data for their communist research

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  • K K

    June 24, 2019

    It’s happening in our life time…

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  • Rockers From Hell

    June 28, 2019

    I no longer poo poo the idea of usa going to war with china! Fuck them and their bullshit, safer, healthier life etc, are they on drugs!?

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  • Rockers From Hell

    June 28, 2019

    Surveillance, monitoring, lack of privacy etc naturally brings out the worst in people so are they pretending they dont know psychology?

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  • Cannibo

    June 28, 2019

    drama queen

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  • Jim Sia

    June 29, 2019

    China no. 1

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  • Double Three

    June 29, 2019

    Why don't you pity other Chinese, just ethnic minorities😭

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  • Van TheMan

    July 2, 2019

    China is thanos

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  • Rinse Resource

    July 2, 2019

    Be very, very scared of China and AI.

    Reply
  • ここ

    July 2, 2019

    What will happen if I pee under trees?
    any punishment?

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  • cp1307

    July 2, 2019

    Ever heard of a major terrorist attack in china? No, right- Because of this strong surveillance.

    We in India hear news of our soldiers dying in kashmir, every now and then. Acts of violence are high. Women dont feel safe here. If at all I want Indian govt to learn from Chinese.

    Well done China. Dont listen to these western media losers who are spreading their anti-china propoganda out of pure jealousy.

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  • - Yaoshmite -

    July 2, 2019

    What's so bad about constantly surveilled? It stops people from doing wrong things at all times. ""If you have nothing to hide, there is nothing to fear.""

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  • Rebecca Trace

    July 2, 2019

    Emotions also wan to read?

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  • the nut brothers

    July 5, 2019

    Apart from this China is a murderous state,China is country where any can get organ for transplant within the 2 hours !
    Chinese bucher Uighurs and Tibetans for organ sale and locked more than 5millons Uighurs locked in Chinese concentration camps.

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  • Faizal Jannu

    July 5, 2019

    psychopass incoming

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  • HAO CAI

    July 7, 2019

    没关系英国永远别装人脸识别,享受人权与犯罪. Uk should never build such a system so that British can enjoy life with full human right and criminal events. Thank you for your discrimination.

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  • HAO CAI

    July 7, 2019

    没关系英国永远别装人脸识别,享受人权与犯罪. Uk should never build such a system so that British can enjoy life with full human right and criminal events. Thank you for your discrimination.

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  • Korasones

    July 9, 2019

    China wants to micro manage every citizen life

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  • Parental Control App Reviewer

    July 9, 2019

    iKeyMonitor monitors text message, passwords, site pages, screenshots and then sends the logs to you through Email.
    ikeymonitor, com

    Reply
  • Solid Snake

    July 12, 2019

    I bet US and UK want the same system as well, they just dont admit it.

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  • CELEBRITY VIRALS

    July 13, 2019

    China people Slaves of government.

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  • Dan Friedman

    July 15, 2019

    Typical British schmucks. Making this about "race." But what about the power the Red Chinese wields against the whole society with this technology?

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  • D33Y4

    July 18, 2019

    Meanwhile everyone and their newborns are giggling away on FaceApp, as their data sits with the Russian coders who made it.

    Because Russia never gives China things…

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  • peter Leung

    July 20, 2019

    Foreign spy posing as diplomats. such as the Five eyes countries

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  • Mark L Sung

    July 26, 2019

    Most of western countries are applying the same methodology to control and surveillance their citizen via phone, iphone, smartphone and camera as well, specifically US, UK, Germany, French and Australia.

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  • Strong Trillion

    July 29, 2019

    It's happening in Detroit soon. Stay woke, we headed in the same direction…..

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  • Lotus

    July 29, 2019

    This is what happens when a government has no checks and balances

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  • Prem Raj

    July 30, 2019

    This solves cases of false accusations.

    Imagine a girl accuses you of rape on a certain day, turns out in camera you are in a different place at that time. Or

    A man lies about cheating behind his wife, and get caught kissing or dating in camera.

    It's a win win situation. It must be implemented for law and courts purposes only. Not for government abuse

    Only works in countries, where law making is controlled by the people.

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  • y z

    August 1, 2019

    China s one of the safest country (1.4billion ppl , the % of violent crime s so low) the chinese guy in the vid s just a paid actor I don't say, ask western who s been in China or majority of chinese I bet they ll tell a different story. if you didn't commit any crime what's there to worry about? no one gives a fk if you watch porn on you phone in public as long as you keep it down.

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  • peter Leung

    August 5, 2019

    Freedom can not be dangerous; slavery can not be peaceful Thomas Jefferson was illogical Just like Religion without sin. , capitalism without bankruptcy

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  • Primo Yliaster

    August 6, 2019

    So that's why.
    Our president Rodrigo Duterte loves China & develops relationships between the Philippines & China, because the Chinese government & the ruling Communist Party of China ended terrorism, illegal drugs, criminality & brought dicipline & security using this technology.
    I guess this is how fundamental these surveilance cameras are to our foreign policy.

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  • Dave Woods

    August 14, 2019

    Probably doing this elsewhere and more. just that they're not telling you. In a country like China it's overt, in a democracy it's covert.

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  • NS

    August 16, 2019

    Get your infrared blocker glasses. The tech can’t read your face.

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  • RaisedxFist

    August 19, 2019

    This is some scary shit. China is playing with Fire and they will get destroyed in the end as a result as a consequences of being Power Hungry.

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  • Electricity taster

    August 21, 2019

    If face recognition works in China, it will work everywhere else.

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  • Sagar Vishal

    August 23, 2019

    What if a hacker attacks the surveillance system and steals all the data or some data of Chinese citizens and sell it to another country say us. Will it not be national security threat ? Every good comes with some bad. I hope they have enough cyber experts to fill the loopholes in cyber security. India's Aadhar card data was leaked on dark web. Us data was leaked John Snowden.

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  • Ris Anno

    August 24, 2019

    I didnt see any economic aspect of this video. Sounds more like western propaganda. Why exposing a government who trying to rule and regulate their country? Why not trying to expose those who is now occupying the middle east? Afghanistan? Iraq?
    Just like Trump said Fake Media.

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  • Otto Frinta

    August 25, 2019

    That evil regime has to be destroyed by whatever means necessary

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  • Phoenix Swanson

    August 27, 2019

    This shit is so fucking Orwellian it’s not even funny.

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  • Jim Jones

    August 27, 2019

    The globalist and Democratic parties dreamworld

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  • Kaisun Chiu

    August 31, 2019

    In the western eyes Chinese are nothing but evil despite the are doing evil things all the time.

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  • Giant's Milk

    August 31, 2019

    You know their facial recognition is good because anyone or anything that can tell the difference between Chinese faces is high tech stuff.

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  • Rick in Texas

    September 2, 2019

    China is well along the path to totalitarianism. The book 1984 was meant to be a warning, but China is treating it as an instruction manual.

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  • Man Itup

    September 7, 2019

    If you don't do anything wrong. Why scare of this technology? We are also being watched here in the West. Small price to pay as there are far too many nutties in the society .

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  • Provianto Wibowo

    September 8, 2019

    do you think u.s doesn't do the same?! oh…C'MON, they have anything to do that in silent mode and peoples dont realize it 😂

    Reply

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