China eyes ‘black tech’ to boost security as parliament meets

BEIJING – Reuters

At a highway check point on the outskirts of Beijing, local police are this week testing out a new security tool: smart glasses that can pick up facial features and car registration plates, and match them in real-time with a database of suspects.

The AI-powered glasses, made by LLVision, scan the faces of vehicle occupants and the plates, flagging with a red box and warning sign to the wearer when any match up with a centralized “blacklist”.

The test – which coincides with the annual meeting of China’s parliament in central Beijing – underscores a major push by China’s leaders to leverage technology to boost security in the country.

That drive has led to growing concerns that China is developing a sophisticated surveillance state that will lead to intensifying crackdowns on dissent.

“(China’s) leadership once felt a degree of trepidation over the advancement of the internet and communication technologies,” said David Bandurski, co-director of the China Media Project, a media studies research project at the University of Hong Kong.

“It now sees them as absolutely indispensable tools of social and political control.”

Read the full article here at Reuters

Related :

  1. Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance

Also related (UK) :

  1. BIG BROTHER’S FACEBOOK Is YOUR face on a database of 19 million photos which lets Brit cops SPY on ordinary people?
  2. CCTV watchdog warns UK police over use of facial recognition
  3. The surveillance state in 2018
  4. UK ANPR systems are one of the ‘world’s biggest surveillance systems’
  5. UK has 1% of world’s population but 20% of its CCTV cameras

Further reading :


  1. The Deep Learning AI Playbook
  2. The New Blacklist
  3. Mind Games – Connect the Dots
  4. How Technology Stopped Being Innovation
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