Technology and de-extremization in Xinjiang

How are mass surveillance technologies facilitating social engineering processes in Xinjiang?

Research event, Webinar Recording
28 July 2021 — 10:00AM TO 10:45AM

Technology and de-extremization in Xinjiang

— Recent contributors to International Affairs explore the technologies and security strategies behind the ‘de-extremization’ of Xinjiang

Much has been written about the plight of the Uyghur minority in China’s Xinjiang province, but less attention has been placed on the systems and processes that have enabled the government’s actions.

Surveillance technologies now complement collective, face-to-face methods of surveillance and Maoist-era techniques of mass mobilization, enabling the Chinese party-state to govern and manage the biopolitical spaces of Uyghurs with greater intensity, according to the state’s precise norms.

In this event, recent contributors to International Affairs explore the technologies and security strategies behind the ‘de-extremization’ of Xinjiang. They also consider the implications more broadly state surveillance systems, and the extent to which Xinjiang may serve as a model for foreign authoritarian governments.

The discussion draws on the article, Securitization, surveillance and “de-extremization” in Xinjiang, published in the May 2021 issue of International Affairs.


Michael Clarke, Visiting Fellow, Australia–China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney

Stefanie Kam, Research Associate, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, RSIS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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