Interview: China’s ‘Big Brother’ App | Human Rights Watch
The app provides an unprecedented window into mass surveillance in Xinjiang. It aggregates data – from people’s blood type and height, to information about their electricity usage and package deliveries – and alerts authorities when it deems someone or something suspicious. It is part of the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP), the main system for mass surveillance in Xinjiang. Human Rights Watch “reverse engineered” the app, and Nazish Dholakia spoke to Human Rights Watch senior China researcher Maya Wang about what the process revealed.
In early 2018, Human Rights Watch obtained a copy of a mass surveillance app used by police in Xinjiang, in northwest China, where the Chinese has subjected 13 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims to widespread restrictions. Human Rights Watch “reverse engineered” the app, and senior China researcher Maya Wang details about what the process revealed.