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China Now Home to Roughly 30 Million Surveillance Cameras

Published by Ellen on February 8, 2013 2:06 PM

Since 2005, the Chinese Government has worked aggressively to build the country's public surveillance system known as Skynet. And they've been quite successful at it. Today, the country is equipped with as many as 30 million security cameras according to National Public Radio.

China's surveillance cameras can be found almost everywhere -- from classrooms and taxi cabs to entertainment arenas and religious institutions. The Chinese Government has stated that the cameras are installed to deter criminals and record suspicious activity.

Between 2009 and 2011, the Chinese Government spent $16 billion on the Skynet program. In 2011, 13 million cameras were up and running. China is expected to increase the number of surveillance cameras by 20% each year. If this estimate holds true, China will have over 60 million cameras nationwide by 2018.

When NPR investigated China's Skynet program, the news organization reportedly found 11 surveillance cameras within a 100-foot radius while in Shanghai, the country's largest city. Approximately 800,000 security cameras have been installed in Beijing, the nation's capital.

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