Sunday Morning Newsbytes

China: 20,000 police surveillance cameras will be installed in the city of Shenzhen, reports the New York Times. But that’s not all:

Starting this month in a port neighborhood and then spreading across Shenzhen, a city of 12.4 million people, residency cards fitted with powerful computer chips programmed by the same company will be issued to most citizens.

Data on the chip will include not just the citizen’s name and address but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China’s controversial “one child” policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and small purchases charged to the card.

: A so far unpublished Stasi order was found from 1973, explicitly ordering East-German border guards to shoot citizens trying to escape:

Do not hesitate with the use of a firearm, including when the border breakouts involve women and children, which the traitors have already frequently taken advantage of,” the order instructed.

Happy Sunday, everyone.