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State of surveillance

China | The growth of surveillance technology is enabling the Chinese government’s rapid transformation into Big Brother
by June Cheng
Posted 12/13/18, 05:01 pm

At a music concert in China’s Jiangxi province last April, Chinese officials located and arrested a man wanted for “economic crimes.” Surveillance cameras with facial recognition technology had scanned the faces of 60,000 concertgoers and pinpointed the suspect.

In Hangzhou, a school installed cameras inside its classrooms to record students’ facial expressions during class. The cameras monitored who was paying attention, who walked into class late, and what the teacher was teaching.

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Zhongming Jiang

‘Faithful disobedience’

Persecution | An influential house church in China responds to a wave of police detentions
by June Cheng
Posted 12/13/18, 03:14 pm

On the evening of Dec. 11, 48 hours after police detained Pastor Wang Yi, Early Rain Covenant Church released a statement Wang had prepared beforehand should such an event occur. Entitled “My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience,” Wang noted that his goal was not to change China’s political system but to obey God’s call as a minister of the Word of God.

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Chinese pastor under criminal detention

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/13/18, 12:55 pm

Chinese authorities have officially charged the lead pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church and sent him to criminal detention following a crackdown on church members. Authorities arrested Pastor Wang Yi, his wife, Jiang Rong, and about 100 other church members during raids on their homes and church premises that began Sunday.

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