Why China’s Surveillance State Didn’t Stop Protests: A Q&A with Liza Lin

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Text size Recent mass protests in China against Covid-19 policies and disruptions to daily life unfolded despite the state’s extensive surveillance capabilities. To understand why protesters are willing to take risks—and exactly what those risks are—Barron’s spoke to Liza Lin. She is the co-author with Josh Chin of the new book Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control. The two cover China for The Wall Street Journal. Lin spoke about the strength of China’s efforts to quell conflict and manage individuals’ movements, from their social interactions to finances to access to information, and the...