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Spyware Used on Phones at Xinjiang Border

The ongoing mass detentions in Xinjiang are accompanied by an intense security and surveillance program across the region. In 2017, for example, some Urumqi residents were reportedly forced to install a surveillance app called Jingwang on their phones. Subsequent research found that the app...

Uyghurs Speak Out About Camps at Risk of Death

Following months of reporting from news media and academic researchers on the extent and conditions of internment camps in Xinjiang, where up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims have been held for political...

Ilham Tohti Awarded Sakharov Prize

Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti, who is currently serving a life sentence on separatism charges, has been awarded the prestigious Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament. In granting him the honor, the European Parliament wrote:...

How Technology Became a “Trap” in Xinjiang

Xinjiang has been the site of a mass detention program where an estimated 1.5 million Uyghurs have been or are being held in a series of internment camps. The camps are part of a longer-running anti-terror campaign in the...

Sharper Eyes: Shandong to Xinjiang (Part 3)

This is the third part of CDT’s Sharper Eyes series. See also “Surveilling the Surveillers (Part 1)” and “Sharp Eyes Project Map (Part 2).”  In previous posts, CDT introduced the background of the...

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