Aboluowang reported from the Tibet News Agency that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was tightening its authoritarian control over Tibet.
The Tibet News Agency reported that the regime has set up a digital surveillance department to monitor Tibetans’ activities strictly. That includes their internet movements and conversations on mobile phones.
Content monitored by the CCP includes anything shared on social networking sites. At the same time, they will keep a close eye on chat groups, especially following members of the CCP, cadres, scholars, people working in the cultural field, and important figures in the Tibet region.
The report cites anonymous sources who revealed that, as long as the CCP suspects Tibetans of conducting online activities listed as “illegal,” they will be subject to constant surveillance.
Already, phone numbers of Tibetans have been collected by the CCP and put into hardware devices for automatic tracking.
The report pointed out that the accelerated surveillance of Tibetans came after the new secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region appointed by the CCP took office.
Director Dawa Cairen of the Center for Tibet Policy Studies alleged that the CCP was practicing “digital totalitarianism” with AI and digital collection of databases.
Cairen said the tightening control was to cut off potential leaks of information about the CCP’s persecution of Buddhists in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
The CCP aimed for a “zero blind spot” system by extending its surveillance methods.
Across Tibet, cameras were installed nearly in every corner. Businesses, supermarkets, restaurants, tea houses, bars, hotels, or any other business establishments were forced to have surveillance cameras or face being closed. The streets and residential areas as well are swamped with the devices.
Through online and mobile phone systems, the CCP was further facilitated to conduct its human rights violations.
Not long ago, a Tibetan lost his mobile phone, which later fell into the hands of the authorities. The officials committed him to 20 years behind bars for simply using his phone to communicate with foreign countries via WeChat and raise money for the earthquake victims in Nepal.
According to Aboluowang, if Tibetans under the CCP’s control try to contact Tibetans abroad or their relatives or discuss things related to Tibetan religion, culture and ethnicity, they can be arrested and convicted. They face the same risks as well via their online activities.