Hong Kong protesters are worried about facial recognition technology, but there are many other ways they’re being watched
This weekend, a wave of protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong, in open defiance of a police ban. Impressively, the demonstrations have sustained momentum for more than two months.
Since the protests started over a controversial extradition bill, participants have covered their faces, smashed closed-circuit television cameras, and communicated over encrypted apps to conceal their identities.
But now that the protests have grown into a wider resistance movement, with police expanding their tactics and nearly 750 people arrested, protesters are increasingly paranoid about how the authorities are working to identify them.
China is one of the most powerful authoritarian countries — its citizens are already heavily surveilled, often using facial recognition. With the government becoming more aggressive toward protesters, we took a close look at how China is tracking the Hong Kong protesters, beyond facial recognition.
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