NYT Sees 'Dystopia' in Chinese Surveillance—Which Looks a Lot Like US Surveillance By Jim Naureckas

10 July 2018 — FAIR

NYT: Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

In China, the New York Times (7/8/18) sees facial recognition as a sign of dystopia; in the West, the Times(7/9/18) reports on Amazon‘s promotion of the same technology as a “reputational risk.”

There’s a category of story we call “Them Not Us”—US media reporting on problems abroad, and seemingly not noticing that they have the same problems at home. There’s a great example of that in the New York Times (7/8/18), headlined “Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: AI, Shame and Lots of Cameras.”

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“Intelligence Led Surveillance” and Britain’s Police State: The Manufacture of “Mass Surveillance by Consent” By Charles Farrier

16 October 2013 — Global Research

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Is mass surveillance so bad if you can’t see it?

In the dark ages known as the twentieth century, mass surveillance of entire populations was a sport practised only by elitist totalitarian states . Those unlucky enough to live in what was then termed a “free country”, had to sit on the sidelines and simply imagine what it was like to be subject to constant state intrusion.

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20 February 2013 — This is a press release from No Dash for Gas

  • Evidence of police/corporate collusion as police serve legal papers on activists on behalf of EDF, and hand over personal data
  • Key CCTV footage at police station may have been deleted
  • Counter-Terrorism Command visited activist at home
  • Home Secretary Theresa May questioned in Parliament

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23 February 2012Manifesto Club


Our campaign against ‘Pavement Injustice’ takes on unaccountable officials in public spaces – investigating how powers such as on-the-spot fines are being used, and calling for their review and limitation.


Josie Appleton wrote about the tyranny of on-the-spot fines, for Open Democracy.

-We were on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, discussing Enfield council’s ban on spitting in public.


-We were in the Brighton Argus criticising Sussex Police‘s plans to give more powers to PCSOs.


Camden Council put up a CCTV camera in an estate telling residents that they were in a ‘restricted area’ and should leave. We were quoted in the Independent about the incident (see Sarah Boyes‘ article about the phenomenon of ‘talking’ CCTV cameras).


-Exeter councils give out a thousand £100 fines for dropped cigarette butts.


If you have received an unjust on-the-spot fine, or have other examples of ‘pavement injustice’ to report – please do contact us.