China’s ‘New IP’ Tech Standards Could Hardwire Repression Into the Internet

A Chinese national flag near the surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, March 15, 2019 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
A Chinese national flag near the surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, March 15, 2019 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
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This week, the 10th anniversary installment of RightsCon, the annual “human rights meets Silicon Valley” jamboree, will take place, with more than 8,500 participants expected to take part in 500 virtual sessions over five days. Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs, the human rights community has perceived Big Tech and Western governments as the two principal “bad guys” in the global tech landscape. But the rise of China and the advent of a multipolar world will bring new human rights challenges associated with technology, including one the human rights community has yet to focus much […]

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