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Wall Street cashes in on China’s growing surveillance system

Posted by radiofreechina on September 13, 2007

An opportunity for Wall street in China’s surveillance boom (IHT.com)

SHENZHEN, China: Li Runsen, the powerful technology director of China’s ministry of public security, is best known for leading Project Golden Shield, China’s intensive effort to strengthen police control over the Internet.

Wall Street analysts now follow the growth of companies that install surveillance systems providing Chinese police stations with 24-hour video feeds from nearby Internet cafes. Hedge fund money from the United States has paid for the development of not just better video cameras, but face-recognition software and even newer behavior-recognition software designed to spot the beginnings of a street protest and notify police.

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