Every Breath You Take - Featured in The Times and Sunday Times -

Every Breath You Take - Featured in The Times and Sunday Times

China's New Tyranny

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China is building the world's first digital totalitarian state, a system of hitherto unimaginable social and political control. Internet freedom has been eliminated and ubiquitous surveillance cameras employ the latest facial recognition technology. Through flagrant cyber espionage, it has plundered Western technology on a massive scale, bullied Western tech companies and academics (though many have been willing accomplices) and intimidated critics worldwide. In doing so, it has become a model for aspiring dictators everywhere. Ian Williams examines the extraordinary rise of the Chinese surveillance state, showing how it has been driven by the enigmatic Xi Jinping, now effectively president for life, and how it impacts the daily lives of Chinese citizens, particularly dissidents and those from ethnic minorities. Supporting interviews and first-hand accounts from those whose lives have been turned upside down or worse highlight the chilling and ruthless efficiency with which the government can now act. The book also considers the wider implications for the rest of the world. How to deal with an increasingly strident, aggressive Beijing is one of the biggest challenges facing the West in what has become a technological Cold War. 'A superb and deeply informed study.' - Chris Patten, last governor of Hong Kong and current Chancellor of Oxford University

Product code: 9781780277110

ISBN 9781780277110
Publisher Birlinn General
No. Of Pages 376
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H230xW155xS30
Ian Williams examines the extraordinary rise of the Chinese surveillance state, how information is controlled and how it affects the population. The book also considers the wider implications for all of us, and how we are all tracked, monitored and followed with every click, view and search we make.