Vox’s Future Perfect reporter Sigal Samuel writes about AI, tech, and how they impact vulnerable communities like people of color and religious minorities.
Over the past year, she’s been reporting on China’s campaign of repression and use of high-tech surveillance against Uighur Muslims, 1 million of whom are being held in internment camps in the northwestern Xinjiang region. Though Beijing has defended the internment as a necessary security measure, and even tried painting those camps as fun, resort-like places, there have been reports of death, of torture, and of Muslim detainees being forced to memorize Chinese Communist Party propaganda, renounce Islam, and consume pork and alcohol.
On Friday at 2 pm ET/11 am PT, you can join Sigal on Reddit to ask her anything about the mass internment system in Xinjiang, one of the most harrowing and neglected human rights crises in the world today.
Ahead of the AMA, read Sigal’s coverage:
- Who exactly are the Uighur Muslims? And why did some of them recently demand videos of relatives held in the internment camps?
- China’s crackdown on Muslims is being felt beyond its borders, including in the US.
- Chinese officials have likened Islam to a mental illness.
- Chinese repression also involves family separation, affecting thousands of kids.
- How internet sleuths are using simple tech to hunt for evidence of the camps and hold China accountable.
- The Trump administration has put some pressure on Beijing over the internment camps.
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