China seems ramped up to pursue facial recognition technology everywhere in China. Is this going to be the same for the U.S. in the near future? Important look on a future with big brother.
By 2020, China will have completed its nationwide facial recognition and surveillance network, achieving near-total surveillance of urban residents, including in their homes via smart TVs and smartphones.
According to the official Legal Daily newspaper, the 13th Five Year Plan requires 100 percent surveillance and facial recognition coverage and total unification of its existing databases across the country.
Authorities in the southwestern province of Sichuan reported in December that they had completed the installation of more than 40,000 surveillance cameras across more than 14,000 villages as part of the “Sharp Eyes” nationwide surveillance network, the paper said.
Guangdong-based Bell New Vision Co. is developing the nationwide “Sharp Eyes” platform that can link up public surveillance cameras and those installed in smart devices in the home, to a nationwide network for viewing in real time by anyone who is given access.
“Sharp Eyes” comes from a ruling Chinese Communist Party slogan, “the people have sharp eyes,” which traditionally relied on the eyes and ears of local neighborhood committees to keep tabs on what its people were up to.
Soon, police and other officials will be able to monitor people’s activities in their own homes, wherever there is an internet-connected camera.
A Chinese internet user who asked to remain anonymous said the social media platform WeChat has also begun issuing warnings to anyone posting messages that the government deems undesirable.