This is a story about life in China's northwestern frontier province of Xinjiang. There is a lot to reflect on here, including Chinese authoritarianism, and/or responding to Islamic terrorism. But the main point of the story is how Xinjiang is probably the biggest application of surveillance technology. https://www.marketwatch.com/video/life-inside-chinas-total-surveillance-state/CE86DA19-D55D-4F12-AC6A-3B2A573492CF.html
I've been there three times in the last six years because it is the world's largest cotton patch (despite what the folks in Lubbock like to claim). Since we were guests of a regional university, we were treated pretty well... except for the guards near the Kazyri border. They were sorta like the Border Patrol at Falfurrias, except they looked really badass mean and were pointing machine guns in our general direction. We were all Americans, but because of my Italian heritage, I looked a little too Uigher for their liking.
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