China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance | Daily News

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

Researcher discovers servers in China collecting data on 364 million social media profiles daily.

As the National People's Congress gathers in Beijing for the beginning of China's "Two Sessions" political season, state media is making an international propaganda push on social media including on platforms blocked by China's "Great Firewall" to promote China's "system of democracy."

That system of democracy apparently involves mass surveillance to tap into the will of the people.

While China's growth as a surveillance state has been well-documented, the degree to which the Chinese leadership uses digital tools to shape the national political landscape and to control Chinese citizens has grown even further recently.

That's because authorities have been tapping directly into Chinese Communist Party members' and other Chinese citizens' online activities and social media profiles.


 

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