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Book launch: "Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control"

Date & time
Thursday, October 13, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Registration is closed


Josh CHIN and Liza LIN


This event is free


Marie Lamensch



Where is the line between digital utopia and digital police state?

China's Communist Party is building a new kind of political control through collecting and harnessing personal data, from facial recognition to personal genomes to digital footprints, through AI and other forms of surveillance.

In Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control, award-winning Wall Street Journal journalists Josh Chin and Liza Lin document with startling detail how the CCP is creating a political model that shapes the will of the people not through the ballot box but through the sophisticated harnessing of data.

Join the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Concordia University) for a virtual conversation with award-winning journalists Josh Chin and Liza Lin to discuss their new book. This event will be moderated by Kyle Matthews.

A copy of the book can be purchased here or at your local bookstore. "Surveillance State" is published by St. Martin's Press (September 6, 2022).


Josh CHIN is deputy bureau chief in China for The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that position, he covered politics and tech in China for the WSJ for more than a decade. He led an investigative team that won the Gerald Loeb Award for international reporting in 2018 for a series exposing the Chinese government's pioneering embrace of digital surveillance. He was named a National Fellow at New America in 2020 and is a recipient of the Don Bolles Medal, awarded to investigative journalists who exhibit courage in the face of intimidation. Born in Utah, he currently splits time between Seoul and Taiwan.

Liza LIN is a China correspondent for The Wall Street Journal based in Singapore. Liza was part of the team that won the Loeb in 2018, and contributed to a series on Chinese leader Xi Jinping that was named a Pulitzer finalist in 2021. Prior to the WSJ, Liza spent nine years at Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Television.

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