A riveting investigation into how a restive region of China became the site of a nightmare Orwellian social experiment—the definitive police state—and the global technology giants that made it possible
Blocked from facts and truth, under constant surveillance, surrounded by a hostile alien police force: Xinjiang’s Uyghur population has become cursed, oppressed, outcast. Most citizens cannot discern between enemy and friend. Social trust has been destroyed systematically. Friends betray each other, bosses snitch on employees, teachers expose their students, and children turn on their parents. Everyone is dependent on a government that nonetheless treats them with suspicion and contempt. Welcome to the Perfect Police State.
Using the haunting story of one young woman’s attempt to escape the vicious technological dystopia, his own reporting from Xinjiang, and extensive firsthand testimony from exiles, Geoffrey Cain reveals the extraordinary intrusiveness and power of the tech surveillance giants and the chilling implications for all our futures.
The Chinese government has innovated a new form of authoritarianism based on advanced surveillance technologies argues journalist Cain (Samsung Rising) in this disturbing and deeply reported account. He accuses the Chinese government of creating "the world's most sophisticated surveillance dystopia" in the Xinjiang province, where an estimated 1.8 million Uighurs, Kazakhs, and members of other Muslim ethnic minorities "have been accused by the government of harboring ideological viruses' and terrorist thoughts,' and taken away to hundreds of concentration camps." Cain speaks to camp survivors and interviews technology workers to detail how the government uses artificial intelligence, facial recognition cameras, police checkpoints, and DNA collection to surveil nearly every aspect of life in Xinjiang. He also reports on how China uses massive bailouts and high-interest loans to bring poorer countries under its web of influence, and details the use of Chinese surveillance technologies by authoritarian leaders in Uzbekistan and Uganda. The recent trade war between the U.S. and China has sparked investigations into the role that Chinese tech firms including Huawei have played in repressing the country's ethnic minorities, but a "zero-sum" conflict between the two countries threatens to derail America's "large technological lead." Packing a wealth of information into a crisp narrative, this is an impassioned and well-informed expos .