Towards Orwellian Big Brother?

Towards Orwellian Big Brother?

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The Chinese government would have resorted to the technology giants in their attempt to monitor coronavirus infections in real-time and according to the Reuters agency, the giant Alibaba would have launched a function that assigns a color QR code that would represent the health status of Hangzhou residents. After completing a questionnaire, residents receive a color-based QR code through the DingTalk chat application administered by Alibaba, and based on the corresponding color, they must take the prophylactic measures prescribed in that application.

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By Germán Gorraiz Lopez 

After the attempt to control the cloud through secret programs such as the PRISM Program, in the coming years, we will witness the end of the democratization of information through the imposition of laws that prohibit the use of certain terms to continue with the implementation of filters on servers. of ISPs, of which the SmartFilter manufactured by the American company Secure Computing would be a paradigm. Thus, according to a study by the OpenNet organization (made up of the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Toronto), 105 countries would censor websites with “dangerous” political or social content and would also prevent access to applications such as YouTube or Google Maps applying sophisticated censorship methods.

Darkweb network would initially have had the blessings of Western governments to allow Internet access in “totalitarian countries” but after the jihadist attacks in Paris, the TOR Network would be being monitored and filtered by Western security agencies, which would have Users are forced to massively use the Telegram application as its contents are encrypted.

On the other hand, the need to escape the control of Big Brother in networks such as Youtube, Twitter, or Facebook, would have led a minority to use the TOR network, also known as the Dark web and created by defenders of free software to protect the identity of the users. This network would initially have had the blessings of Western governments to allow Internet access in “totalitarian countries” but after the jihadist attacks in Paris, the TOR Network would be being monitored and filtered by Western security agencies, which would have Users are forced to massively use the Telegram application as its contents are encrypted. Since groups of up to 200 contacts can be formed and secret chats used where propaganda material self-destructs with the consequent difficulty for Western secret services to access its contents.

China demands the elimination of encrypted messages on WhatsApp and Telegram, constricting measures that have as a collateral effect the impossibility of open access (Opens Access) to the contents of the Network for Chinese citizens.

In a new attempt to preserve the anonymity of users on the Internet, we are witnessing the appearance of VPNs or Virtual Private Networks, tools that hide the identity of users and allow communication with any country in the world free of surveillance, from what would be a paradigm of the young Chinese blogger Chen Qiushi, who was in charge of radiographing Wuhan’s anguish through his videos posted on YouTube through VPNs, which would have prompted China to impose rules for user access to those tools.


The ban on downloading Plague Inc. for IOS throughout the Chinese territory would be the penultimate episode to impose total censorship on information about the coronavirus on the Internet by the Chinese Politburo. Thus, China demands the elimination of encrypted messages on WhatsApp and Telegram, constricting measures that have as a collateral effect the impossibility of open access (Opens Access) to the contents of the Network for Chinese citizens.

the huge deployment of surveillance cameras with artificial intelligence for facial recognition of people even with masks (200 million cameras) as well as the use of police drones, will make China the Big Brother that will control all Chinese citizens in real-time, an initiative that, taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic

Likewise, the Chinese government would have resorted to the technology giants in their attempt to monitor coronavirus infections in real-time and according to the Reuters agency, the giant Alibaba would have launched a function that assigns a color QR code that would represent the health status of Hangzhou residents. After completing a questionnaire, residents receive a color-based QR code through the DingTalk chat application administered by Alibaba, and based on the corresponding color, they must take the prophylactic measures prescribed in that application.

This, coupled with the implementation of the Internet firewall and the huge deployment of surveillance cameras with artificial intelligence for facial recognition of people even with masks (200 million cameras) as well as the use of police drones, will make China the Big Brother that will control all Chinese citizens in real-time, an initiative that, taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, will also be implemented in the so-called formal democracies and will facilitate the appearance of the world’s Big Brother on the horizon of the next five years.

The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect our Editorial Policy


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Germán Gorraiz López is an economic and geopolitical analyst. He regularly collaborates in several Spanish and Latin American digital and printed publications.


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