The new way of how China fights corruption
In 2012, for the first time in China, the Zero Trust system, based on artificial intelligence technology, was launched. Her task was to calculate government corrupt officials using the face-tracking platform.
Jointly developed and deployed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the internal control institutions of the Chinese Communist Party for monitoring, evaluating or interfering in the work and personal life of civil servants, the system has access to more than 150 protected government bases for minute monitoring.
According to the people participating in the program, this allows you to make complex multi-stage social relations for analyzing the behavior of public servants.
According to experts, it was particularly useful for detecting suspicious transfers of property, building infrastructure, acquiring land and demolishing houses.
However, it is worth noting that the system is not without flaws. The AI can instantly point out a corrupt official, but he does not very well explain the process that led him to this conclusion. Thus, the system can immediately detect an unusual increase in money in the account of an official or fix his participation in a contract.
Once the system receives such a suspicion, it calculates the likelihood that the action was corrupt. If the result exceeds the established limit, the authorities will receive a notification of this.
A scientist participating in the program asked not to be named, said that at this stage the boss could contact the person and possibly help him avoid the path of no return with further, more serious errors.
The Zero Trust experiment was limited to 30 districts and cities, which is only 1 percent of the total administrative territory of the country. Participating local governments, including the Mayang Miao Autonomous Region in Hunan Province, are located in relatively poor and isolated areas, away from the centers of Chinese political power.
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Since 2012, 8,721 civil servants who have engaged in misconduct, such as embezzlement, abuse of power, misuse of public funds and cronyism, have been brought to justice through the Zero Trust platform.
Although some of them were sentenced to restriction of liberty afterwards, the majority were allowed to retain their position. The punishment they incurred was either minor or no warning.
However, according to the researchers, most officials, including Maiyan District, the city of Huaihua and Li District in Hunan, are in favor of taking the machine out of service. Because they do not feel comfortable with the new technology, as if they are under constant pressure. Although the program was not created to punish dishonest officials. Her main task is to save them at an early stage of corruption.