China's quest for social control is now playing out in ways that should worry us all. That's the argument of award-winning journalist Josh Chin who comes to Intelligence Squared on February 14 to tell the unsettling stories of the millions of people who live under the constant gaze of the Chinese security forces, armed as they are with increasingly powerful artificial intelligence.
Drawing on his new book Surveillance State, Chin will explain how the Chinese government is weaving digital technology into every aspect of daily life from traffic patterns to food safety to emergency response. And he will argue that this is a matter of global concern: Western governments encouraged their countries' companies to sell China the technology it needed to build its surveillance state in the hope that economic and scientific engagement would lead to political reform. Not only did that plan backfire but now China is exporting its system to other countries such as India, Uganda, and Singapore.
Join us to hear about the dark side of the digital revolution that is shoring up authoritarianism and quashing basic freedoms in China and beyond.