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China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

With millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a high-tech authoritarian future. Beijing is embracing technologies like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to identify and track 1.4 billion people. It wants to assemble a vast and unprecedented national surveillance system, with crucial help from its thriving technology industry.

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.

Source: Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras – The New York Times

Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies

Researchers said Chinese intelligence officers are behind almost a decade’s worth of network intrusions that use advanced malware to penetrate software and gaming companies in the US, Europe, Russia, and elsewhere.

The hackers have struck as recently as March in a campaign that used phishing emails in an attempt to access corporate-sensitive Office 365 and Gmail accounts. In the process, they made serious operational security errors that revealed key information about their targets and possible location.

Source: Report: Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies | Ars Technica

National Standard on Personal Information Security Goes into Effect in China

On May 1, 2018, the Information Security Technology – Personal Information Security Specification went into effect in China.

The Specification is not binding and cannot be used as a direct basis for enforcement. However, enforcement agencies in China can still use the Specification as a reference or guideline in their administration and enforcement activities.

Source: National Standard on Personal Information Security Goes into Effect in China

China Claims It’s Scanning Workers’ Brainwaves to Increase Efficiency and Profits

At a factory in Hangzhou, China, production line workers are allegedly being outfitted with brain-reading hats and helmets. They read workers’ emotions and use artificial intelligence algorithms to “detect emotional spikes such as depression, anxiety or rage”.

Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric is one of many Chinese companies using government-sponsored technologies to monitor the brain activity of employees while they’re on the job.

Source: China Claims It’s Scanning Workers’ Brainwaves to Increase Efficiency and Profits – Motherboard

China’s social credit system keeps a critical eye on everyday behavior

It’s all part of the Chinese government’s new social credit system where people’s daily behavior is monitored and rated.

If your score gets too low, you can be banned from buying plane tickets, renting a house or getting a loan.

Source: China’s social credit system keeps a critical eye on everyday behavior – CBS News

China’s facial-recognition cameras caught suspect tryiing to blend in with 60,000 concertgoers

The man’s unlikely capture became the latest example of China’s growing use of facial recognition technology.

The 31-year-old man, wanted by police, had thought playing a numbers game would be enough to allow him to fade into anonymity.

Source: A suspect tried to blend in with 60,000 concertgoers. China’s facial-recognition cameras caught him. – The Washington Post

Hansen: Omaha man ‘liked’ a tweet, and then he lost his dream job

But Roy Jones did get fired. He got fired because he … inadvertently liked a tweet?

The terrifying story of the tweet that allegedly ate Roy Jones’ life began near midnight on Jan. 9, when the Omahan was inching toward the end of his Tuesday shift.

Source: Hansen: Omaha man ‘liked’ a tweet, and then he lost his dream job | Matthew Hansen | omaha.com

China to bar people with bad ‘social credit’ from planes, trains

China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.

People who would be put on the restricted lists included those found to have committed acts like spreading false information about terrorism and causing trouble on flights, as well as those who used expired tickets or smoked on trains, according to two statements issued on the National Development and Reform Commission’s website on Friday.

Source: China to bar people with bad ‘social credit’ from planes, trains

The increasing use of artificial intelligence is stoking privacy concerns in China

As artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technologies become more prevalent, a survey has found that three out of four people in China are worried about the threat that AI poses to their privacy, challenging the popular notion that the Chinese care little about giving up personal data.

State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) and Tencent Research surveyed 8.000 respondents on their attitudes toward AI as part of CCTV’s China Economic Life Survey. The results show that 76.3 per cent see certain forms of AI as a threat to their privacy, even as they believe that AI holds much development potential and will permeate different industries. About half of the respondents said that they believe AI is already affecting their work life, while about a third see AI as a threat to their jobs.

Source: The increasing use of artificial intelligence is stoking privacy concerns in China  | South China Morning Post

Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears

When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users’ iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud.

That’s because of a change to how the company handles the cryptographic keys needed to unlock an iCloud account. Until now, such keys have always been stored in the United States, meaning that any government or law enforcement authority seeking access to a Chinese iCloud account needed to go through the U.S. legal system.

Source: Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears

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