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Club Online Zoom Event – Book Talk: ‘Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control’

Date: 12 Oct 2022 08:00 PM — 09:00 PM | Venue: Burton Room

Book Talk: ‘Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control’
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
8pm HKT on Zoom
Where is the line between digital utopia and digital police state? In their new book, “Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control,” award-winning journalists Josh Chin and Liza Lin take us on a journey from the coastal city of Hangzhou, where the government is working with homegrown tech giants to optimise the friction out of daily life, to the far western region of Xinjiang, where religious minorities are under the constant gaze of security forces armed with AI. Along the way, they illuminate the Chinese Communist Party’s ambitious push, aided by American technology and capital, to engineer a new society around the power of digital surveillance. The authors will join FCC Correspondent Member Governor Rebecca Bailey for a discussion on digital technologies and their implications for liberty and democracy in China and around the world.

Josh Chin is deputy bureau chief in China for The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that position, he covered politics and tech in China for the WSJ for more than a decade. He led an investigative team that won the Gerald Loeb Award for international reporting in 2018 for a series exposing the Chinese government’s pioneering embrace of digital surveillance. He was named a National Fellow at New America in 2020 and is a recipient of the Don Bolles Medal, awarded to investigative journalists who exhibit courage in the face of intimidation. Born in Utah, he currently splits time between Seoul and Taiwan.
Liza Lin is a China correspondent for The Wall Street Journal based in Singapore. Liza was part of the team that won the Loeb in 2018, and contributed to a series on Chinese leader Xi Jinping that was named a Pultizer finalist in 2021. Prior to the WSJ, Liza spent nine years at Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Television.


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