Student blog — State surveillance in China: A camera in every garage and a microphone in every kitchen?

Although China has been closely surveilling its citizens’ internet usage for the last decade, the Chinese government only recently began constructing a “smart surveillance” CCTV system that matches the extent of existing online surveillance tools. The smart surveillance system is currently being piloted for several causes, from suppressing uprisings in the far western Xinjiang Autonomous Region, to policing jaywalking in the urban areas of Shenzhen in Guangdong. We must wonder: are there any limits to the proliferation of this surveillance technology? Continue Reading

Student blog — Independence from Chinese characteristics: Chinese Communist Party’s growing disdain for Hong Kong independence activism

The public dismissal of legislators-elect Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-Ching by prominent Chinese Communist Party authorities demonstrates the Party’s fear that its mandate is waning in Hong Kong, and that the success of governance reform in the special administrative region might encourage challenges to CCP authority in China proper. Continue Reading