2019: US Tech Giants Are Helping China’s Surveillance State

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Source: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 17 | Issue 15 | Number 2 | Aug 01, 2019
21. Juli 2019

How U.S. Tech Giants Are Helping to Build China’s Surveillance State
Ryan Gallagher

An american organization founded by tech giants Google and IBM is working with a
company that is helping China’s authoritarian government conduct mass surveillance against
its citizens, The Intercept can reveal.

The OpenPower Foundation — a nonprofit led by Google and IBM executives with the aim of trying to “drive innovation” — has set up a collaboration between IBM, Chinese company Semptian, and U.S. chip manufacturer Xilinx. Together, they have worked to advance a breed of microprocessors that enable computers to analyze vast amounts of data more efficiently. Shenzhen-based Semptian is using the devices to enhance the capabilities of internet surveillance and censorship technology it provides to human rights-abusing security agencies in China, according to sources and documents. A company employee said that its technology is being used to covertly monitor the internet activity of 200 million people. ....

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