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dc.contributor.advisorKassenova, Nargis
dc.contributor.authorStryker, Cian
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-05T12:08:28Z
dc.date.submitted2021-05
dc.identifier.citationStryker, Cian. 2021. Importing Chinese Surveillance Technology: Are Central Asian States on the Path to Digital Authoritarianism? Master's thesis, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
dc.identifier.urihttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37370546*
dc.description.abstractMany states throughout the world have rapidly developed their digital surveillance networks over the last few years by building Safe City projects that utilize advanced facial recognition technology. While this is not surprising within the developed world, the developing world has been able to access advanced surveillance technology largely by purchasing that technology from Chinese Information Communication Technology companies, who are operating within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. This thesis explores how regime type, state-capacity, and regulatory environments affect the potential for developing digital surveillance capacity by examining surveillance networks in four Central Asian states and Ecuador. I find that state-capacity has a positive relationship to the development of digital surveillance capacity, while democratization has little impact when paired with an ineffective regulatory environment.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectCentral Asiaen_US
dc.subjectDigitizationen_US
dc.subjectSurveillanceen_US
dc.subjectBelt and Road Initiativeen_US
dc.subjectDigital Authoritarianismen_US
dc.titleImporting Chinese Surveillance Technology: Are Central Asian States on the Path to Digital Authoritarianism?en_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorStryker, Cian
dc.date.available2022-01-05T12:08:28Z
thesis.degree.date2021en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRegional Studies - Russian, Eastern Europe, and Central Asiaen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.levelMASTERSen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US


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