Uyghur Human Rights Project ,November 21, 2013

China developing surveillance technology to monitor ethnic languages

Uyghur Human Rights Project ,November 21, 2013

Chinese government is beefing up its surveillance capabilities with a new technology to track communications in languages used by China’s various ethnic groups.

Beijing has beefed up its surveillance capabilities with a new technology to track communications in languages used by China’s various ethnic groups.
The new systems will enable the Chinese government to monitor voice calls, messages sent online, as well as images embedded within the communications line, in areas such as Xinjiang and Tibet where officials do not understand the local language. A report by South China Morning Post cited Ding Xiaoqing, a professor at Tsinghua University’s Centre for Intelligent Image and Document Information Processing, who heads the team developing the new technology: “With the help of our technology, they can have first-hand, real-time access to intelligence information. They can also deal with multiple languages with one system.”

Ding added that the technology can translate every major ethnic minority language in China, and supports other overseas languages such as Arabic and Japanese. A more sophisticated surveillance model would help detect important information that currently go unnoticed, she said, referring to last month’s attack at Tianamen Square which left five dead and 38 injured. The Chinese government had attributed the incident to Xinjiang separatists…..(…)

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