New York City is currently installing a camera system in subways and we have much greater security in our nation’s airports. However, the U.S. isn't the only country taking closed-camera surveillance seriously.
Economic Chinese boomtown Shenzhen will be the next Mecca for digital surveillance. The local police will install at least 20,000 security cameras. The computer network behind those cameras features software from a U.S. company that enables face tracking.
Most of Shenzhen’s 12.4 million residents will receive ID cards that contain computer chips inside. These cards, coupled with the new security camera network, existing public and private cameras, will allow Chinese authorities to track and monitor citizens. The police have the right to link to an additional 180,000 cameras in the city as well.
A Florida-based company provides the software that will allow this system to operate -- China Public Security. Investment funds based in Plano, Texas, provide financing for the project.
“We have a very good relationship with U.S. companies like I.B.M., Cisco, H.P., Dell,” said Robin Huang, the chief operating officer of China Public Security. “All of these U.S. companies work with us to build our system together.”
In addition to simply allowing the tracking of residents within the city, the cards will also hold personal information about the citizens such as work history, education, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number. Personal reproductive history will also be on the card to help enforce the law limiting one child per couple. Also being planned for is the addition of credit history, subway travel permit and small purchases to the card.
“If they do not get the permanent card, they cannot live here, they cannot get government benefits, and that is a way for the government to control the population in the future,” said Michael Lin, the vice president for investor relations at China Public Security Technology, the company providing the technology.Lin went on to say he had refrained from some transactions with the Chinese government because he is the chief executive of a company incorporated in the United States. “Of course our projects could be used by the military, but because it’s politically sensitive, I don’t want to do it,” he said.
quote: Why gosh, I'm pretty darn sure we don't have enough people in the government to be tracking 376 million people's calls*10-100 emails a day + multiple cell phones per person + forum posts + tracking internet access + large business transactions in the petabytes of data transferred each day.
quote: Many of you have the impression we're under some crazy a** regime hellbent on creating a 1984-like scenario in the US. I can point you to China and the UK for that.
quote: I'll be nice unless you begin with the America Bashing.
quote: yet we allow our companies to sell technology
quote: So ya. There you go. If there's anything I missed feel free to bring it up. I'll be nice unless you begin with the America Bashing.
quote: Other countries, though, like Iran, have governments that directly and willingly support terrorism. That's entirely different
quote: "Any civilian causalties are fine as long as our troops aren't harmed!"
quote: Many politicians during the Civil War had military experience, while most Democrats in Congress do not, and they allowed Lincoln to do his thing.
quote: They've made the Iraq war a domestic political football that has nothing to do with Iraq itself.
quote: I am a strict individualist who believes that government should NOT be monitoring everything in everyone's lives at all, and that we would be safer with less laws and less surveillance, not more.
quote: ... the cards will also hold personal information about the citizens such as work history, education, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number.