Ian Williams Sorry this event has sold out. Award-winning journalist Ian Williams examines the extraordinary rise of the Chinese surveillance state, supporting interviews and first-hand accounts highlight the ruthless efficiency with which the government can now act. There are implications too for the rest of the world: how to deal with an increasingly strident, aggressive Beijing is one of the biggest and most urgent challenges facing the West in what has become a technological Cold War. Ian Williams was foreign correspondent for Channel 4 News, based in Russia (1992–1995) and then Asia (1995–2006). He then joined NBC News as Asia Correspondent (2006–2015), when he was based in Bangkok and Beijing. As well as reporting from China over the last 25 years, he has also covered conflicts in the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine. He won an Emmy and BAFTA awards for his discovery and reporting on the Serb detention camps during the war in Bosnia. He has a keen interest in the darker corners of the online world, more recently studying cyber security at Royal Holloway, University of London and King’s College, London. He has written two novels, the cyber thrillers Beijing Smog and Zero Days. Chaired by Jacqui Hodgson We would like to reassure you that Hexham Book Festival events will be delivered with your safety in mind, and in full accordance with Government guidelines available at the time. Booking for this event has now closed.