State surveillance in the digital age: China’s use of information technology

IIEA25th October 20191min
Kai Strittmatter discusses how the Chinese Communist Party is using 21st-century information technology, such as AI and Big Data, to develop its Social Credit System



Mr Strittmatter argues that the China we once knew no longer exists and discusses how it is evolving. With 21st-century information technology, the Communist Party has instruments of power to which it never previously had access. Mr. Strittmatter outlines how AI, Big Data and its Social Credit System are helping President Xi Jinping and his party to reinvent state surveillance for the information age, in deliberate competition with the systems of the West.

About the Speaker:

Kai Strittmatter has studied China for more than 30 years. As a student of Sinology, he first lived in China and Taiwan in the mid-1980s. He later worked in Beijing for 16 years as a correspondent for the German national broadsheet Süddeutsche Zeitung. He is the author of several books on China and Hong Kong, most recently We have been harmonized: Life in China’s Surveillance State (Old Street Publishing).