Surveillance

A police robot keeps watch on a shopping street in Shanghai, following the Covid-19 outbreak, on 16 June 2020. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Smart cities: The future of ASEAN-China cooperation

In the post-Covid-19 world, global supply chains are expected to be reconfigured as countries look to reduce their reliance on China. Enter greater room for ASEAN-China cooperation, particularly in areas related to the digital economy, such as in the development of smart cities. Associate Professor Gu Qingyang of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) sets out the arguments.
In a digital age, panic-inducing information can spread even faster than viruses. In the photograph, a man wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against Covid-19 checks his mobile phone at Yu Garden in Shanghai on 23 March 2020. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

Unexpected digital age hazards amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Yin Ruizhi says citizen journalism gone awry and the further erosion of privacy by governments in the name of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic are some of the risks brought about by the digital age.
The East and the West have divergent reactions to the topic of state surveillance. In this photo taken on 15 January 2020, surveillance cameras are seen at Lujiazui financial district of Pudong, Shanghai. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Humanity needs to face the digital age as one family, not disparate warring tribes

Peter Chang says that as China spreads its wings across the world through digital networks and far-reaching projects under the Belt and Road Initiative, it is becoming ever more integrated with the global system. Like it or not, incumbent leaders such as the US would need to accept it into the fold, for the good of the world.
Surveillance capitalism allows data on our activities to be gathered and shared. (iStock)

Is China becoming the world’s most sophisticated surveillance regime?

China will be implementing the social credit system in 2020. Seen as a form of mass surveillance build on big data technology, many are concerned that this will threaten human autonomy and aggravate human rights issues. Will China become the world's most sophisticated surveillance regime? Bram Barclay discusses this through the book "The age of surveillance capitalism".