Exporting Chinese surveillance: the security risks of ‘smart cities’

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Belgrade’s Republic Square is one of the cultural and social hubs of the Serbian capital, a popular meeting point lined with cafés and the site of the National Museum and the National Theatre.

It is also now at the centre of an international debate about the export of Chinese technology, authoritarian surveillance and cyber security.

The square is under constant observation by equipment made in China. A surveillance camera system installed by Huawei, the Chinese technology group, has the capacity to monitor the behaviour of people in the square and elsewhere in the city, recognise their faces, identify their vehicle number plates and make judgments on whether suspicious activities are afoot.

+INFO: Financial Times

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