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We Have Been Harmonised: Life in China's Surveillance State Reviews

We Have Been Harmonised: Life in China's Surveillance State by Kai Strittmatter, Ruth Martin

We have been harmonised: Life in China's Surveillance State

Kai Strittmatter, Ruth Martin

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Imprint: Old Street Publishing
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Publication date: 4 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781913083007

In China's shiny new 'Smart Cities', citizens can scarcely cross the road or buy an orange without the Party knowing, and posting a satirical online comment about President Xi's Winnie-the-Pooh-like features can land you in jail

4 stars out of 5
30 Jun 2019

"A remarkable analysis identifies ‘Mao 2.0’ as the west’s new cold war adversary"

We Have Been Harmonised is the most accessible and best informed account we have had to date of China’s transition from what scholars such as Rebecca MacKinnon used to call “networked authoritarianism” to what is now a form of networked totalitarianism. The difference is not merely semantic. An authoritarian regime is relatively limited in its objectives: there may be elections, but they are generally carefully managed; individual freedoms are subordinate to the state; there is no constitutional accountability and no rule of law in any meaningful sense.


4 stars out of 5
Rana Mitter
2 Jun 2019

"This chilling book reveals just how far China has already gone in monitoring and controlling its citizens digitally"

This book is a lucid guide to the system and a warning call: “The Party is feeding on the weaknesses of the West.” In the past few weeks, police in Britain have proposed facial recognition of people going about their business in the street, and that women reporting rapes might need to let the police take their phones to read all the information stored on them. As we eat away at our own rights and privacy, China is able to claim that what it is doing is simply a further point on a spectrum. Yet China is still unusual globally in having so few checks and balances on such behaviour.