Hefei Expat - China

China => About China => Topic started by: x0vash0x on November 06, 2013, 11:39:29 pm

Title: China discovers that pollution makes it really hard to spy on people
Post by: x0vash0x on November 06, 2013, 11:39:29 pm
Well here’s some vindication for anyone who ever found this annoying. The Chinese government has realized that whatever it is clogging the atmosphere, it’s rendering government surveillance cameras ineffective (paywall), reports the South China Morning Post. Since that compromises national security, the government has hired two teams of scientists to come up with a fix, says the newspaper....

So is the government going to redouble its already controversial efforts to reduce pollution? Probably not. Yang told the SCMP her team would “heavily revise, if not completely rewrite, algorithms in some mathematical models” for the imaging software used with the security cameras. The effect of the pollution might be to make China’s surveillance state even better at its job.

http://qz.com/143660/china-discovers-that-pollution-makes-it-really-hard-to-spy-on-people/

Of course China wouldn't try to actually solve the problem by trying to reduce pollution!