100 million surveillance cameras installed in China; data-mining; organ transplants

6-5-14     (Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests) Shanghai surveillance fair had more than 100 booths, companies from around China, as well as a smattering of foreign names including Samsung, on Wednesday  displayed surveillance cameras equipped with night-vision and distance capabilities….

Perhaps as many as 100 million surveillance cameras are installed in China, and the market could grow 15% annually in the five years…surveillance which not only includes most streets but also the inside of taxis and restaurants….State media reports provide peeks into where the cameras are located.  According to the China Daily in 2011, the central city of Wuhan had 250,000 cameras, while southwestern Chongqing another 60,000.   http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/06/05/one-legacy-of-tiananmen-chinas-100-million-surveillance-cameras/

……………………………………..

China is now the biggest investor in Australia’s agricultural sector.  http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/02/23/australia-approves-sale-of-countrys-largest-dairy-to-chinese-buyer/

…………………………………

According to official statistics, there are more than 100 hospitals in China approved to carry out organ transplant operations.  But the report states the authors have “verified and confirmed 712 hospitals which carry out liver and kidney transplants,” and claims the number of actual transplants could be hundreds of thousands larger than China reports….

This massive supply of organs served to benefit hospitals and doctors, making for an ever-growing industry.  The report’s authors testified before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday.   “The Chinese government has been trafficking in organs for profit for far too long and we  strong evidence that (imprisoned) Falun Gong practitioners were singled out for organ harvesting,” said Representative Chris Smith, who co-chairs the committee.     http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/23/asia/china-organ-harvesting/   (Over 1 million Chinese have lost their lives to organ harvesting.)

…………………………………………………………

Shenzhen grew to become a city of soaring skyscrapers in just a few decades. Image: Wade Shepard.

-Shenzhen    -Wade Shepard

Now Shenzhen (in Pearl River delta of south China) is home to over 10 million people and is the world’s largest manufacturer of electronics.  It is a place that has dozens of high-tech accelerators (companies that help startups get off the ground), a plethora of hackerspaces, an array of giant, well-stocked electronics malls, over 2,000 design houses, 5,000 product integrators, and tens of thousands of electronics factories.  Big companies like Foxconn, Tencent, BYD , Huawei, and ZTE have a big presence there, and it’s also the place where successful startups like Coolpad, Dingoo, and G’Five International got their starts. Shenzhen has become a one stop shop for everything in electronics design and production, and The Economist called it the best place in the world for a hardware innovator to be.   http://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2016/03/15/why-the-wests-young-innovators-manufacture-their-dreams-in-china/#6db492d74fee

………………………………………..

CGN has a 33 per cent stake in the £18 billion Hinkley Point (nuclear power plant) project in Somerset, southern England….

The American indictment says that CGN’s board of directors is “comprised of members of the Communist Party of China” and is under the “direct control” of a state-owned Commission described as Beijing’s “highest government authority”.  The deal effectively hands control of vital infrastructure to the communist power….Nuclear engineer Mr. Ho  is now accused of recruiting six U.S. nuclear experts to supply secret information to the Chinese company.       http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/08/11/fbi-chinese-build-uk-nuclear-plant-stolen-us-technology/

……………………………………………………..

1-23-10     Western companies like Siemens and Nokia built Iran’s surveillance.  U.S. companies helped build China’s electronic police state.   http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/01/23/schneier.google.hacking/

…………………………………………………………………………..

4-19-15       Mr. Shen’s task is to help a little-known Chinese company absorb and build upon key technologies licensed by IBM, according to a statement posted on a Beijing government website.

In the past 16 months, IBM has agreed — and received permission under United States export laws — to provide the Beijing company, Teamsun, with a partial blueprint of its higher-end servers and the software that runs on them, according to IBM announcements and filings from Teamsun. As the chief scientist overseeing the IBM project on behalf of the Chinese government, Mr. Shen is helping Teamsun, and in turn China, develop a full supply chain of computers and software atop IBM’s technology….

IBM has many business projects in China. The company has also agreed to license the advanced chip technology that works as the brain of the servers to a separate Chinese company, Suzhou PowerCore. And IBM says it has spoken to clients about letting them build local encryption over its z13 mainframe computer, which could help in China, where a proposed antiterror law requires domestic companies to provide encryption keys or use local Chinese encryption standards….

For Mr. Shen, Chinese-made products built atop IBM technology to be sold worldwide would be a small victory for China in a technological race with the United States that he sometimes characterizes in military terms.  In a speech in September at the China Internet Security Conference in Beijing, Mr. Shen said expansion of the United States military’s online attack and defense capabilities made the Internet the fifth strategic front for the United States, after land, air, ocean and space.   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/20/business/ibm-project-in-china-raises-us-concerns.html?_r=0

…………………………………………………………

3-10-15    CIA & US Marshals Service worked together to develop “dirtboxes,” a device that can vacuum up vast amounts of cellphone data by mimicking cell towers.

WSJ newspaper reported last year on how the Justice Department flew low-flying light aircraft over US towns and cities in an effort to hunt suspected criminals.  In the process, a significant number of Americans’ data was scooped up.

The CIA, which is said to have provided most of the resources in the early days of the relationship, is barred from conducting most of its operations on US soil.  Officials at the CIA and the Justice Dept. told the newspaper that they didn’t violate those rules.  http://www.zdnet.com/article/cia-secretly-built-phone-scanning-tech-for-domestic-spy-operations/

…………………………………..

9-5-14        By implementing these government data requests with precision and accuracy, trusted third-parties — like Neustar, Subsentio, and Yaana — can turn reasonable profits for their services.  Little is known about these types of companies, which act as outsourced data brokers between small and major U.S. ISPs and phone companies, and the federal government. Under the 1994 law, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), any company considered a “communications provider” has to allow government agencies access when a valid court order is served.  No matter how big or small, even companies whose legal and financial resources are limited do not escape federal wiretapping laws.

On a typical day, these trusted third-parties can handle anything from subpoenas to search warrants and court orders, demanding the transfer of a person’s data to law enforcement. They are also cleared to work with classified and highly secretive FISA warrants.  A single FISA order can be wide enough to force a company to turn over its entire store of customer data.          http://www.zdnet.com/article/meet-the-shadowy-tech-brokers-that-deliver-your-data-to-the-nsa/

………………………………………..

3-19-14     NSA general counsel Rajesh De told the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on Wednesday that tech titans were aware that the NSA was collecting communications and related metadata both for the NSA’s “PRISM” program and for “upstream” communications crossing the Internet.  PRISM is a surveillance program designed to collect and process “foreign intelligence” that passes through American servers.      http://www.cnet.com/news/nsa-top-lawyer-says-tech-giants-knew-about-data-collection/

……………………………………………………………………….

7-14-16     the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, is a bipartisan five-member panel that Congress created (operating since 2013)….The Senate and House intelligence committees have increasingly sought to impose new rules on the board’s work, including a series of proposals in a pending intelligence authorization bill. …

In addition, the House version would change budgeting rules for the oversight board so that it would have to shut down if Congress did not act every year to reauthorize it to spend money.  The versions in both chambers would require the board to tell the intelligence committees and the heads of intelligence agencies what it is investigating.

Mr. Medine, who stepped down as the board’s chairman on July 1, said that the proposed changes were unwise in light of what was exposed by the Snowden leaks.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/us/us-privacy-and-civil-liberty-watchdog-faces-limits-in-congress.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s