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Prof. Charlotte Epstein

Charlotte Epstein is an Associate Professor in the School of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on international relations, state surveillance, political theory, state sovereignty and statehood.

Prof. Haiqing Yu

Haiqing Yu is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia. Her research focuses on digital media, digital communications and technology in China and their socio-political and cultural impact in China, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.



China has launched the Social Credit System to standardise individual behaviours, which serves for the purpose of national security. CCTV cameras have been placed to monitor public areas, and ranking have taken effect to differentiate citizens from ‘untrustworthy’ and ‘trustworthy’ based on their daily life activities.


China’s Social Credit System is a starting point for this China Talk, from which we launch a deeper discussion on the social implications of surveillance concerning national security, privacy concerns, and the pollical and economic value of data in both China and Western societies.

 Our speakers were Prof. Charlotte Epstein (Associate Professor at the Department of Government and International Relations, USYD) and Prof. Haiqing Yu (Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow at the School of Media and Communications, RMIT).

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