Western report on Skynet bigoted, fatuous

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/20 23:18:39

The Skynet Project underway in China has recently become the target of Western media. Some mainstream Western media outlets define the system as a tool for massive surveillance and suppressing human rights, partly out of their sense of crisis given China's cutting-edge information technologies and also due to their bias toward everything about China. The surveillance cameras on China's streets are considered entirely distinct from those in London and New York.

This is the kind of fake news that US President Donald Trump often slams. And Western reports about the Skynet Project can surely be listed high on the rankings of most shameless news.

China is building the Skynet Project to crack down on crime and this function is indeed manifesting itself. The system contributes to maintaining the low crime rate and high rates of cracking serious crimes in Chinese society. Public security in China, not paled by Western countries, is a public well-being that is also enjoyed by Westerners living in China.

Earlier this month, a BBC correspondent felt by himself the effectiveness of the Skynet Project in a test in Guiyang, Southwest China's Guizhou Province. But, citing a dissident, he concluded the system was used not to hunt criminals but to suppress anti-government voices and monitor dissidents.

Such an appraisal must have come from someone with a serious political prejudice and a mental issue. The Skynet Project is to promote all-round social governance. Some dissidents have really overestimated their importance to think they are targets of the project. And by citing their eccentric words, the BBC correspondent makes both appear bigoted and fatuous.

Even worse, a similar surveillance system in western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is labeled by Western media as a tool for ethnic oppression. Those ideology-driven people of the West have twisted views of Xinjiang, hence their description of specific affairs of the region. Western media have seldom made positive reports about the anti-terror operations in Xinjiang and have always gone against our definitions of crime, governance, justice and evil.

Nonetheless, Chinese are still interested in, yet not swayed, by what Western media say about China. Most Chinese welcome the Skynet Project and some people's worries are justified, having no relation to Western instigation.

When building systems like the Skynet Project, China should pay high attention to the confidentiality of relevant information and ensure they won't infringe on the privacy of our citizens. This is the foundation on which the country can garner the long-term public support for its information collection and credit systems.

With massive personal information in hand, governments and information technology giants hence have much potential power. Related incidents and even scandals have occurred in many countries with advanced IT development, of which the exposed PRISM program is a typical case. Theoretically the Chinese government is more able than other governments to prevent its information collection from jeopardizing peoples' privacy, and hopefully it will be so in reality.

Such discussions are beneficial to the smooth operation of core projects like Skynet. Western criticism of the Skynet Project won't mean anything in China since they have broken away from Chinese people's concerns, just like an alien who questions our ways from Mars.

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