Xi Jinping's "strategy for understanding & responding to what is going on in a nation of 1.4 billion relies on a combination of surveillance, AI & big data to monitor people’s lives & behavior in minute detail."
"The bloggers, activists & lawyers are also being systematically silenced or imprisoned, as if data can give the government the same information without any of the fiddly problems of freedom."
"When the Chinese government saw that information technology was becoming a part of daily life, it realized it would have a powerful new tool for both gathering information & controlling culture, for making Chinese people more ‘modern’ & more ‘governable.’"
"There are several initiatives that share a common strategy of harvesting data about people & companies to inform decision-making & create systems of incentives & punishments to influence behavior." @CassSunstein's #nudge theory comes to mind.
"The algorithm is thought to highlight suspicious behaviors such as visiting a mosque or owning too many books."
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