New ASPI Report: Uyghurs for sale | Home Affairs savaged over poor data retention laws oversight | Millions of tweets peddled conspiracy theories about coronavirus in other countries
A new ASPI ICPC report has found that the Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen. ASPI ICPC.
Australia's Department of Home Affairs doesn't even know how many agencies have been authorised to access telecommunications metadata without a warrant, let alone what for, but the cops want more. ZD Net.
Roughly 2 million tweets peddled conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when the outbreak began to spread outside China, according to an unreleased report from an arm of the State Department, raising fresh fears about Silicon Valley’s preparedness to combat a surge of dangerous disinformation online. Washington Post.
Uyghurs for sale
New report - The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen. Local Chinese governments and private brokers are paid a price per head for workers on the labour assignments. Some factories appear to be using Uyghur workers sent directly from ‘re-education’ camps. Chinese authorities and factory bosses manage these Uyghur workers by ‘tracking’ them both physically and electronically. One provincial government document describes a central database that extracts information from a WeChat group and an unnamed smartphone app that tracks the movements and activities of each worker. Between 2017 and 2019, ASPI estimates that at least 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred out of Xinjiang and assigned to factories through labour transfer programs under a central government policy known as ‘Xinjiang Aid’. The transfer of Uyghur workers to factories in eastern and central China in 2020 has continued during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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