Shenzhen takes lead with smart data usage

SCMP has a great story today about Shenzhen’s use of data in governing the city. Read it yourself. Some might think this is all too Orwellian; others will applaud the innovative thinking. Here are some of the highlights:

  • It’s all about better governance
  • Although the city has an official population of 13 million, it has recorded more than 22 million “population data sets”
  • The city has only 40,000 civil servants, 25,000 of whom are police officers
  • Around 2 million cameras are in use
  • Nearly 80% of crimes are solved with the use of videos and data analysis
  • Quote: “Now we have a standardized, scientific and quantifiable method for measuring the quality of Party building.”

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