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Businessweek: China’s Surveillance State Pushed to the Limits in Virus Fight

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Shelly Banjo  10-12 minutes - Source: Bloomberg A poster featuring people wearing protective masks is displayed near surveillance cameras in Shanghai. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg For decades, China has been building and refining the ability to track its citizens’ whereabouts and interactions to contain dissent and protest. The state’s effort to try to contain the rapid spread of the new coronavirus is now testing the limits of that surveillance system. To slow down any virus, it’s important to interrupt person-to-person transmission. Officials in China have used a mix of high- and low-tech methods to find and monitor people who may have been exposed to the virus, which has infected more than 77,600 and killed upwards of 2,600 in the country as of Feb. 24. Auth

Businessweek | One Week Into the Fight Over the Mueller Report, Battle Lines Are Drawn

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Chris Strohm @cstrohm More stories by Chris Strohm 9-12 minutes Trump in 2018. Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images The numbers were there at the top of Attorney General William Barr’s March 24 letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees: 22 months, 19 attorneys, 40 FBI agents and investigators, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 witnesses. After everything that went into special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, Barr’s four-page summary of its conclusions was anticlimactic—to everyone but the president. Although Mueller didn’t find sufficient evidence to establish that the campaign “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian