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Looking Through the Eyes of China’s Surveillance State
On his daily commute in Shanghai, New York Times journalist Paul Mozur passes "more than 200" surveillance cameras in 30 minutes. But who (if anyone) is actually behind these cameras? Who are the watchers, and are they actually watching? And do those super dystopian facial recognition sunglasses actually work? Mozur takes look inside, including by trying on the glasses.

"I pass more than 200 on my 30-minute commute in Shanghai. After a while, they mostly blend into the background. But when spotting a new one, I wonder about them. Is anyone watching? Is a computer parsing the feed? Is it even on? Trying to get to the bottom of these questions can be infuriating. Chinese people are often unwilling to talk about their run-ins with the police. And the authorities are usually under standing orders not to talk to foreign journalists about much of anything, let alone cutting-edge technologies that snoop on criminals. So when I got the chance to see the world through the eyes of a police camera, it was oddly exhilarating. As it goes with reporting in China, often you just have to show up, camp out and hope for the best. In my case, patience and a hefty dose of luck paid off."

Mozur provides some additional commentary in this thread.
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yesterday by dmcdev
iPhone crashing bug likely caused by code added to appease Chinese gov’t
A few months ago, security researcher Patrick Wardle uncovered a surprising flaw affecting Apple iOS devices: try to use the Taiwan flag emoji or even simply use the word "Taiwan"on any app, and your phone bricks. Sounds strange, but it (was) true. The bug has been patched in the most recent iOS update (11.4.1) released this week:

Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica: "Wardle...said he was perplexed when a friend first reported her fully patched, non-jailbroken device crashed every time she typed Taiwan or received a message with a Taiwanese flag. He had no trouble reproducing the remotely triggerable bug, which crashed any iOS application that processed remote messages, including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. Wardle did, however, find that only devices with certain region-specific configurations were affected."

As Wired points out, the bug is "an unpleasant reminder of the hidden censorship code in every iOS product and Apple's conflicted interests as it tries to negotiate the demands of repressive governments."

Read the blog post written by Wardle about the bug here:
otf  china  apple  taiwan  ios  asia  gfw 
6 days ago by dmcdev

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