Surveillance State: Made in China, exported to the world

China's know-how may underpin a tech-driven authoritarianism in the future, say critics

The squat grey building in Ecuador's capital commands a sweeping view of the city's sparkling sprawl, from the high-rises at the base of the Andean valley to the pastel neighbourhoods that spill up its mountainsides.

The police who work inside are looking elsewhere. They spend their days poring over computer screens, watching footage that comes in from 4,300 cameras across the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 28, 2019, with the headline 'Surveillance State: Made in China, exported to the world'. Print Edition | Subscribe