Chinese city uses surveillance tech to shame citizens for wearing pajamas outside

CNET | 1/22/2020 | Staff
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A man wearing pyjamas out in Shanghai. This practice has come under scrutiny in the Chinese city of Suzhou.

Leaving the house in your pajamas to get groceries. We've all done it. But it's uncivilized behavior, according to bureaucrats in the Chinese city of Suzhou. To shame its citizens out of such barbarity, on Monday the Suzhou City Management Bureau published images of seven citizens out and about in their PJs on its WeChat account, as reported by Chinese publication The Paper. The post was deleted on Tuesday.

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The images of these citizens were captured using AI-powered CCTV cameras that are able to recognize faces and link them to the names of citizens, reports the New York Times. There are hundreds of millions of such facial recognition-equipped cameras around China -- it's been estimated that over 600 million will be in operation by the end of this year.

"Uncivilized behavior refers to when people behave and act in ways that violate public order because they lack public morals," read the now deleted WeChat post, according to the New York Times. "Many people think that this is a small problem and not a big deal... Others believe public places are truly 'public,' where there is no blame, no supervision and no public pressure.

"This has brought...
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