U.S.-based Cisco, HP to help China watch its citizens
The Chinese city of Chongqing is teaming up with electronics giant Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and others to gear up for one of “the largest and most sophisticated video-surveillance projects of its kind.”
Ever since the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989, U.S. companies have been prohibited to export “crime-control” products to China and other hard-line governments. But, it turns out, technologies like cameras and filtering software sidesteps this ruling.
Major questions arise here:
Should companies be held accountable if their products are used for political suppression?
Should some kind of corporate code of conduct be created to help ensure these products aren’t used to track and monitor everyday citizens?
So many more…
– Jake Perry