Nowhere in the world and in history has technology ever been used to create such a perfect totalitarian system of surveillance and repression.
An Orwellian surveillance that surpasses even the evils of North Korea and the Khmer Rouge’s Cambodia has created an open prison that makes life on the outside on a par with life inside one of the hundreds of extra legal internment facilities that pepper the deserts and villages of Xinjiang.
According to Geoffrey Cain, author of The Perfect Police State, who gave evidence at the second series of hearings of the Uyghur Tribunal in London, China’s access to an arsenal of intrusive novel technologies has enabled the state to monitor the minutiae of everyday life of each one of its citizens.
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The long-held nightmare of machines controlling man, widely believed to exist only in science fiction, has come to digital life.
It is not happening in the kind of futuristic urban megalopolis beloved by Sci-Fi movie directors – but on a dusty frontier in China.
Its chronicler, American Geoffrey Cain, is a tech author. However, the genesis of his latest book was not technology per se, but the interconnections between “technology, politics and geography.”
Though it is a crossroads where multiple cultures, religions and political systems have interfaced, interconnected, clashed and traded, the geography in question is little known in the West.
“What always interested me was the Eurasian region – from Xian to Eastern Europe and the Middle East – where the Silk Roads ran,” Cain, whose new book The Perfect Police State was published this week, told Asia Times in an interview.
As a space where trade was done and power projected, “it far predated Euro-Atlanticism and the seafaring powers,” the Washington DC-based Cain said.
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Merge the fantastical science of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with the dystopian politics of George Orwell’s 1984 and the doomsday scenario of James Cameron’s Terminator movie franchise and you might feasibly come up with Geoffrey Cain’s The Perfect Police State, published by Hachette Book Group in the US.
But fiction be damned. Cain’s work – sub-titled an “Undercover Odyssey into China’s Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future” – is fact.
Shelleyian? Sure – the “modern Prometheus” exists, but it is a fizzing, spitting blend of electronic hardware and software rather than an electrically animated mismatch of body parts.
Orwellian? Sure – thought crime is actually being prosecuted and punished. And Cameronian? Sure – the invasive technology platform Beijing has deployed in China’s northwestern province is actually branded “Skynet,” or “Tianwang.”
It is to this restive province – beard on chin, pack on back, sanitized smartphone in pocket and voice recorder built into the watch on his wrist – that Cain takes the reader in his dense and detailed 279-page work.
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