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Monday, 19 May 2008
High resolution cameras covering nearly every inch of public space. National IDs crammed with biometric data. Facial recognition software that can't be defeated even by plastic surgery. And a massive database to connect the cameras, the IDs, all financial and medical data.
It's not merely resident in the mind's eye of a screenwriter of the next dystopian thriller. According to Naomi Klein in the latest issue of Rolling Stone , China has already implemented much of the above and is only a year or two away from completing this Information Age 1984 with the eager help of U. S. corporations and an American government that looks the other way as anti-export laws are violated.
Klein says that the latest unrest in Tibet was a test for the ever-expanding system, called the "Golden Shield." And the oppressive infrastructure earned at least an A-. Dissident cell phones were jammed. Information favorable to the protestors was blocked on the Internet. Photos of the participants, especially the leaders, were rapidly disseminated on "Most Wanted" posters on the Internet and the protests were "spun" through Chinese media to make the Tibetans look like violent thugs.