China Is Developing Minority Report-Like Technoloy To Target Future Alleged Terrorists
Recent anti-terrorism laws that were passed in China this year essentially give the government unbridled access to citizen bank accounts, phone communications and even a national network of surveillance cameras affectionately called "Skynet." Couple that information with citizen data on things like work, hobbies, consumption patterns and a secret file the country keeps on almost everyone called a "dang'an," and the government has a veritable big data resource of the population's every move and tendencies. The dang'an file allegedly keeps records on education, health, work permits, and personality assessments. Further, the government also disclosed last year that it was building a national database to score citizens on "trustworthiness."
A China Electronics executive speaking in anonymity noted that initially the program would only "target terrorist in a specific northwest region of the country" but it's not hard to see the program being expanding to a larger percentage of the population as the government experiments with the virtually limitless potential its has to collect data on its citizens. The complete lack of privacy protections in China make it easy to pull together lots of very specific data on a massive scope of the population.
If any country in the world can build a proverbial Minority Report system, it's the Chinese. They have the technology and the resources but more importantly, they have control of the population such that limitless data mining and spying on its citizens is deemed lawful in the name of national security.