The government’s ambitious plans hinge on three legs: support from big tech giants like Alibaba and Tencent, strong startup partnerships, and elaborately crafted government policies favoring national security over privacy.
In part 1 of CBInsights China in AI series, we dig into patents, private market activity, government documents, and public company data to detail the growth of surveillance tech in China. Read part two here.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- China’s plan of action
- Deep govt-startup ties
- Big tech backs surveillance plans
- China leverages US semiconductor tech
China’s plan of action
Unlike the US, China has been vocal about its plans to become an AI-first state — and particularly vocal about how it will put the tech to use to monitor its citizens.
A 2017 documentary co-produced by the Communist Party claimed the country had the largest network of CCTV cameras – 20M – in the world.
Last year, around 55 cities were part of a plan called Xio Liange or “sharp eyes.” Footage from surveillance cameras in public and private properties will be processed centrally to monitor people and events.
Media reports suggest that intelligence collected from the video footage may eventually power China’s Social Credit System, a government plan announced in 2014 to rate the “trustworthiness” of its citizens.