China’s State Council has outlined a plan to create an integrated national government affairs big data system that, by 2025, is expected to make millions of government data sets available from a single location.

The plan explains that governments at all levels across China have already contributed to a data catalog that details more than three million government data libraries and more than 20 million pieces of information. This catalog includes datasets on China’s population, legal persons, natural resources, and national economy.

By 2023, the State Council – the Chinese equivalent of the cabinet – wants data catalog management, data collection, data governance, and big data analytics, all with proper security.

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Machine translation of the State Council’s plan says that if successful, “data sharing and openness capabilities will be significantly improved, and the level of government data management services will be evident” by 2023 .

Continuous improvement of data quality will also be ongoing, as well as dynamic updates of databases and catalogs.

The data made available to the government will also be expanded to include information on e-licensing, medical and health systems, emergency management and credit systems, and to integrate into the National Integrated Business Big Data System. governmental.

All of the above information may be shared between departments.

This will mean that e-government services will be available in 96.1% of villages, and universally in major centres.

By 2025, the project should be almost complete and all government data will be integrated. The quality of the datasets will have improved and a data governance mechanism called “one-number, one-source, multi-source verification” will be in place.

Which looks like large-scale master data management.

The plan also mentions the construction of a data center to store the masses of information and includes a mention of the engineering works of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps – the entity considered to be the operator of the facilities and programs that suppress the Uyghur population in the region. China has also planned a massive data center construction in its eastern regions, including Xinjiang.

The paper highlights the need to develop technology to make all of this happen, including GPUs, ASICs, graphics computing, and data centers that don’t emit carbon dioxide.

Fortunately, security is also mentioned. The infrastructure will need to have active defenses that can detect incidents and secure data, rather than relying on more passive responses.

Beijing clearly thinks all of this is doable, despite US export bans on a growing number of technologies.

Once the project is complete, Beijing hopes it will inform policymakers and strengthen the “social credit” system that monitors all citizens and is used to determine if they are eligible for certain government services such as education or health. lodging.

It is also hoped that access to good data from all over China will enable the development of improved financial services, health care, social security, transportation and emergency management.

Collectively, it all adds up to a very Chinese mix of improved government services, plus pervasive surveillance to make it happen — and with consequences for those who don’t comply. ®