A future that exceeds the most daring fantasies of George Orwell
October 1, 2018 6:17 AM Subscribe
The cameras register not only a car’s license plate number but also the face of its driver. At night, lights are projected over the camera lenses, blinding drivers more than oncoming headlights ever could. As we drove past another checkpoint, I tried to shield my eyes with my hand in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the road. The gesture did not go unnoticed: all four cameras immediately flashed a series of strobe lights.Meduza publishes a report by a Russian-speaking journalist and traveler who managed to enter Xinjiang during the summer and observe how the new technologies in use there facilitate total surveillance, segregation, and discrimination.
"The city is split into square regions, and in order to cross from one quarter into another, every Uyghur must display a plastic ID, hand over any bags or purses to be searched, undergo a pupil scan, and, in some cases, surrender a mobile phone for inspection. "
“All textbooks published before 2009 were confiscated more than a year ago … They just went from house to house and took everything that we hadn’t managed to burn ourselves … And then, about a year ago, when they took the books and people we knew started disappearing, it became clear that a lot of this had to do with our points.”
"The artificial intelligence system that analyzes personal data about people divides society into “safe,” “average,” and “dangerous” citizens. Age, religion, previous convictions, and contact with foreigners are all taken into account. It is very likely that samples of DNA might affect residents’ scores in the near future, as well, if they are not part of the system already."
Uyghurs in Xinjiang, previously: 1, 2, 3