In Venezuela, Big Brother Is Watching – Thanks to Chinese Technology

A Chinese company has helped the Venezuelan government develop an ID system that will allow it to monitor the social, political, and economic behavior of Venezuelan citizens.

Without the ID card, developed by Chinese telecom company ZTE, citizens will not have access to subsidized food and health services as well as other basic social services that many of them need to survive.

The fatherland card, they argue, illustrates how China, through state-linked companies like ZTE, exports technological know-how that can help like-minded governments track, reward, and punish citizens.

The fatherland card is troubling some citizens and human-rights groups who believe it is a tool for Chavez’s successor, President Nicolas Maduro, to monitor the populace and allocate scarce resources to his loyalists.

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