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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


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