China used its vast CCTV surveillance to track down reporter in just 7 minutes

BBC reporter John Sudworth was located and captured by the Chinese police in just seven minutes in a stunt to demonstrate the power and effectiveness of the government’s surveillance systems.

Tasked with trying to remain undetected for as long as possible in Guiyang, a capital city of about 3.5 million in southwestern China, Sudworth filmed himself with a selfie stick while trying to evade the sea of Chinese CCTV cameras fitted with artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology.

But as predicted, the exercise ended swiftly: After just seven minutes, authorities surrounded Sudworth and escorted him out of the building he was hiding in.

‘The capture’ has been published on the BBC website.



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