China’s Social Media Is Enabling an Orwellian Police State

An Orwellian future is taking shape in China

Already, the beginnings of a truly Orwellian future in China are taking shape. Tencent is working with authorities to develop an “early-warning system” for predicting the size of crowds and their movement.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has said that so-called smart cities powered by his company’s computers and artificial-intelligence algorithms will make it possible to predict security threats. “Bad guys won’t even be able to walk into the square,” he told a Communist Party commission overseeing law enforcement last year.

What’s now clear is that the Chinese Communist Party has shown a remarkable ability, not just to control the internet, but to harness it to achieve its desired ends.

Chinese tech companies have little choice but to cooperate with it. Whether foreign tech companies go along for the ride is still an open question.

Read More at the Sydney Morning Herald

About Paul Gordon 2936 Articles
Paul Gordon is the publisher and editor of iState.TV. He has published and edited newspapers, poetry magazines and online weekly magazines. He is the director of Social Cognito, an SEO/Web Marketing Company. You can reach Paul at pg@istate.tv