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
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. ....