Exposing China’s Digital Dystopian Dictatorship

An inside look at how China is using advanced tech to tack and control its population.


Our weekly documentary curated by our editorial team at 21WIRE.

China is marrying Big Brother to Big Data. Every citizen will be watched and their behaviour scored in the most ambitious and sophisticated system of social control in history. This issue has also come to the fore recently as western government and media criticize China’s for alleged harsh treatment of its ethnic Uyghur population in the heavily Muslim-populated western province of Xinjiang. How far will the Chinese state go to keep its population ‘under control’? ABC’s Foreign Correspondent offers their version of the current state of the government’s surveillance system in western China.

Run time 27 min
Production: Foreign Correspondent
Distribution: ABC-TV Australia