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'An invisible cage': How China is policing the future of over 1.4 bn people

The latest generation of technology digs through the vast amounts of data collected on their daily activities to find patterns and aberrations

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In 2017, one of China’s best-known entrepreneurs had a bold vision for the future: a computer system that could predict crimes.

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The more than 1.4 billion people living in China are constantly watched. They are recorded by police cameras that are everywhere, on street corners and subway ceilings, in hotel lobbies and apartment buildings. Their phones are tracked, their purchases are monitored, and their online chats are censored.

Now, even their future is under surveillance.

The latest generation of technology digs through the vast amounts of data collected on their daily activities to find patterns and aberrations, promising to predict crimes or protests before they happen. They target potential troublemakers in the eyes of the Chinese government — not only those with a

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First Published: Jun 27 2022 | 12:32 AM IST

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