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Forbes: IBM Bets on Beijing

November 16, 2009

Excerpted from Forbes:

But there's a danger to collaborating with China's authoritarian government. One project IBM is negotiating to handle in the southern city of Kunshan could include a police system for mining criminal data and triangulating suspect locations from surveillance cameras and cell phone emergency calls. Connecting the dots to human rights abuses wouldn't be hard. "This is a government that will use IBM's tools to track down people engaged in the legitimate exercise of their rights: lawyers, writers and activists," says Sharon Hom, director of the advocacy group Human Rights in China.

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