Darren Byler on the mass detention and surveillance of the Uyghurs

March 15, 2022

Bio: Assistant Professor Darren Byler is a sociocultural anthropologist whose teaching and research examines the dispossession of stateless populations through forms of contemporary capitalism and colonialism in China, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. Read More


October 23, 2021: China’s internment camps in Xinjiang are a horror. Survivors and participants alike must reconcile with the truth (Globe and Mail)

October 12, 2021: How “Terror Capitalism” Links Uyghur Oppression to the Global Economy (The Nation)

October 12, 2021: The “phone disaster” (Rest of World)

October 11, 2021: The covid tech that is intimately tied to China’s surveillance state (MIT Technology Review)

Book Reviews:

March 3, 2022: In a Landlocked Region: The urgency of Xinjiang (Literary Review of Canada)

January 7, 2022: Guinea pigs for dystopia (The Times Literary Review)

January 3, 2022: Book review: In the Camps by Darren Byler (Chinaworker.info)

Media Mentions:

March 1, 2022: Inside Xinjiang’s Prison State (Literary Review UK)

February 21, 2022: "They Could Watch Everything We Did": Video Surveillance Against Uyghurs Inside And Outside The Camps (IVPM)

February 17, 2022: China's high-tech repression of Uyghurs is more sinister — and lucrative — than it seems, anthropologist says (CBC Radio- Ideas)

February 18, 2022: Olympic sponsor Airbnb profits from Xinjiang, Tibet listings (The Daily Mail)

February 16, 2022: Suspicion and subjugation in Xinjiang (The New Statesman)

February 8, 2022: International pressure accelerates shift to ‘other forms of control’ in Xinjiang, expert says (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists)

February 5, 2022: What message did China send by choosing Uyghur torchbearer? (Associated Press)

February 5, 2022: Uyghurs reveal what it's like in a Chinese prison (The Telegraph)

February 4, 2022: Three Books on Hong Kong and China’s Crackdown on Democracy (The Wall Street Journal)

January 29, 2022: Pre-crime has arrived in China (The Spectator)

January 28, 2022: China’s plan for Xinjiang, plus what’s lurking in your household dust? The Conversation Weekly podcast transcript (The Conversation)

December 25, 2021: Xi Jinping's Xinjiang Paradox: An interview with Darren Byler on his latest book, In the Camps: China’s Hi-Tech Penal Colony (The Georgia Straight)

December 17, 2021: China vows to respond after US enacts Xinjiang sanctions (Associated Press)

December 10, 2021: ‘This is our voice’: The Uyghur traditions being erased by China’s cultural crackdown (The Gaurdian)

November 30, 2021: Exploring China’s High-Tech Penal Colony (The Cipher Brief)

October 30, 2021: Two new books shed light on the plight of the Uyghurs (The Economist)

October 14, 2021: Inside China's high-tech penal colony with Darren Byler: podcast and transcript (MSNBC)

October 12, 2021: Darren Byler on Life in Xinjiang, ‘China’s High-Tech Penal Colony’ (The Diplomat)

August 23, 2021: Zero Blind Spots: A Conversation with Darren Byler on Chinese Surveillance Tactics (Los Angeles Review of Books)

August 10, 2021: Genetic papers containing data from China’s ethnic minorities draw fire (Science)

July 21, 2021: Room for 10,000: Inside China’s largest detention center (The Associated Press)

July 14, 2021: One by One, My Friends Were Sent to the Camps (The Atlantic)

April 5, 2021: Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang (The New Yorker)

March 30, 2021: Trudeau defends his effort to ban Chinese goods made with forced labour (The Globe and Mail)

March 29, 2021: Canadians can buy Xinjiang cotton products despite Ottawa’s vow to stop forced labour imports (The Globe and Mail)

March 25, 2021: Global brands address forced labor in China, but risk alienating Chinese consumers (Marketplace)

March 7, 2021: Amazon suppliers linked to forced labor in China, watchdog group says (NBC News)