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CIRA Report: China’s Smart Cities Development

By April 29, 2020April 29th, 2023No Comments

On April 29th, 2020, the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) released a commissioned CIRA report on China’s smart cities development. China has become a leader in developing and exporting its smart cities technologies like networked cameras, sensors, and location services—and the rest of the Internet of Things—to collect a wide variety of data in order to control things like traffic, energy usage, and crime, and to augment state power. When producing the report, CIRA analysts made use of SOSi Exovera’s proprietary analytical toolset.

The report examines China’s rapid implementation of smart cities technologies domestically, including its burgeoning use of surveillance technologies to monitor and repress its population. The report also looks at China’s widespread export of these technologies through a series of country case studies. The United States is a leading destination for these exports, and the report concludes by comparing U.S. versus Chinese capabilities and assessing the national security risks of widespread deployment of Chinese smart cities technologies in U.S. critical infrastructure.

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