Megvii(Face++): using AI to assist Xinjiang's "Long-term peace and stability"
This week’s translations look at some of the companies pushing forward China's public security apparatus in Xinjiang. If you sometimes aren't getting a copy of the newsletter, please check your spam and junk folders, and add me as a trusted sender
Megvii(Face++), the Chinese facial recognition startup valued at $1 billion, made a big splash at the 4th China-Eurasia Security Expo/13th Xinjiang Anti-terrorism Technical Equipment Fair held in Urumqi, Xinjiang in August 2017.
- At the expo, the regional Public Security Department hosted a forum on the “Application of Artificial Intelligence and Big (Video) Data in the Public Security Profession”
- Apparently, Megvii(Face++) is now an official technical support unit of the Public Security Video Laboratory in Xinjiang
First translation is a short piece on the backdrop of the expo, its ties to the "Silk Road Economic Belt," and how this expo is a place for exporting these technologies beyond China to Central Asia.
Read more: The Uyghur Human Rights Project argues that Xinjiang has been transformed into a testing ground for the Chinese security state.