Illustration: Stephen Case
Celine Sui
Opinion

Opinion

Celine Sui

In China, Big Brother is watching you even as you sort your trash

  • The Chinese state is taking surveillance to the next level. Vast networks of cameras are not just aimed at reducing crime but also enforcing recycling laws, encouraging civic behaviour. Privacy concerns aside, the tools are reshaping the relationship between government and citizen

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The use of facial recognition technology has flourished and become a part of daily life in China. Photo: Reuters

How facial recognition works: how good is the tech at identifying people under different conditions?

  • Advanced surveillance systems combine methods to identify partially exposed faces, gait patterns and distinguishing body features.
  • In the US, a new device helps identify a person’s unique heartbeat over long distances using infrared laser
Topic |   Facial recognition

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The use of facial recognition technology has flourished and become a part of daily life in China. Photo: Reuters
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