American Companies Help China Create a Real Life Minority Report

by on August 12, 2007 · 2 comments

Today, the NY Times reports on a rather shocking surveillance program that China has in the works. The program is starting in the city of Shenzhen, where people will be required to register for residency cards containing a computer chip. According to the Times, “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.”

Wow. George Orwell had nothing on these guys.

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com/ enigma_foundry

    I totally agree, the danger that these people pose is quite substantial.

    One item that bothers me a bit though, is the extent to which IP Central and other corporate power advocates seem to admire the Chinese model of authoritarian govt with capitalist markets.

    http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com/2006/09/07/progress-freedom-foundation-and-ip-centrals-role-model-the-fascist-police-state/

    Also, its is a shame that TLF no longer allows clickable links in comments.

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com/ enigma_foundry

    I totally agree, the danger that these people pose is quite substantial.

    One item that bothers me a bit though, is the extent to which IP Central and other corporate power advocates seem to admire the Chinese model of authoritarian govt with capitalist markets.

    http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com/2006/09/07/p

    Also, its is a shame that TLF no longer allows clickable links in comments.

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