Harry Wu Discusses Cisco's Role in Creating China's Surveillance State

Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu appeared on Radio Free Asia earlier this week to discuss Cisco's role in creating China's Golden Shield technology, the name given to the extensive network of surveillance and censorship used by the Chinese government to track dissidents and suppress dissent. Cisco worked with Communist Party public security officials to design this repressive system of control over a decade ago. Cisco's own marketing materials clearly demonstrate that the company intended for the Chinese government to use the technology to persecute dissidents, asserting that the purpose of the Golden Shield is to "douzheng" (combat) the evil Falun Gong cult and other hostile elements. "Douzheng" is a word that was commonly used to describe the persecution of "class enemies" during the Cultural Revolution. 

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