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三、Campus and daily life are under close thought censorship and behavioral surveillance from the CCP

  • Date:2021-10-08

To tighten its grip on the society, the CCP has imposed mass surveillance on its citizens using an array of monitoring technology. For instance, surveillance on daily life and locations are conducted via the “Golden Shield Project” (internet control), the "Skynet Project" (people-tracking through facial recognition), and “Project Dazzling Snow” (connecting mobile phones to home-based TVs). Meanwhile, surveillance on teachers and students are enforced through classroom-based facial recognition systems and the "Student Information Officer Mechanism." The CCP's mass surveillance leaves no room for privacy in daily life and constitutes serious human rights violations.

The CCP has recently demanded that all universities and all departments to comprehensively strengthen political indoctrination for their students. It also required the 37 universities with “national key Marxist colleges” to offer compulsory courses on "Introduction to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era." The 37 universities include Peking University, Tsinghua University (PRC), Renmin University of China, and other top schools.

Example 1: The ubiquitous monitoring of mainland Chinese society is made possible with internet censorship, social surveillance, and credit data. The "public security protection and control" monitoring system named “Project Dazzling Snow" is a so-called "public security video surveillance network sharing system.” The system connects to people’s mobile phones and their TVs at home to monitor social movements with grid management.

Example 2: Mainland China created the position of "Student Information Officer" at colleges and universities to record the situations in classrooms. Their responsibilities include collecting and reporting "problems in every components of classroom teaching and teaching management."

Example 3: In 2021, colleges and universities in mainland China started recruiting Taiwanese students with General Scholastic Ability Test scores, exempting them from the entrance exams. The application brochures of Xiamen University, Chongqing University, Southeast University and other schools stipulated advocacy of "one country, two systems" and "national unification" as conditions for application, raising concern that Taiwanese high schoolstudying in mainland China could be subjected to political thought censorship by mainland China.