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Jack Ma Uses Big Data to Help Police Catch Thieves

By ESC Editorial Team, over 6 years ago Business
Jack Ma Uses Big Data to Help Police Catch Thieves

After finishing teaching at Hupan University, which he founded, and focuses on promoting a new generation of modern entrepreneurs, Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba, began teaching the police how to catch thieves.

China's data capabilities are almost unmatched among its global counterparts. In today's society, the political and legal system can hardly function normally and effectively without the ability to analyse the information of its citizens. This was Jack Ma's keynote speech of What Role Does Scientific and Technological Innovation Play in Social Governance in the Future.

Ma emphasised the applications and roles of cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence in law enforcement and judicial affairs. He repeatedly stressed that prevention mechanisms must be in place in this era of data.

He went on to explain the core content with a graphic example: Thieves used to be closely watched by anti-hacking police officers. If they use electronic payment, the police will find that a person traveling on taking 50 different buses within a day is suspicious. So big data is a complete prediction of the future. We cannot see this trail with our eyes, but it is indeed a trail.

He explained that the concepts of data and big data were not yet well understood. The "big" here is the grand calculation. Data and big data are two concepts. Many departments have a lot of data, but what is in between? The answer is the computing power.

In addition to big data and cloud computing, Ma also believes that artificial intelligence can not only help the police to reform the organisational structure, but will likely replace the police in the future. Therefore, police officers should learn to follow the trend of change so as not to be left behind.

The state has been taking countermeasures for a long time in collecting data. The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) began development of habits and behaviour tracking software to predict terrorist acts. In July 2017, the Cyber Security Law of the People's Republic of China (Draft) also described the collection of citizen data:

Article 23: In the interests of national security and the need to investigate criminal offences, the investigating body may require the network operation, in accordance with the law, to provide the necessary support and assistance.
Article 24: The state supports the cooperation of network operators in the collection, analysis, notification and emergency response of network security information and improves the security of network operators.

In the meantime, in the Anti-Terrorism Law of the People's Republic of China, which came into effect in January 2017, Article 50 says: In investigating the suspects of terrorist activities, the public security body may request the relevant departments and units, bank accounts, letters of credit, receipts and payments and other information to conduct online investigations and monitor the funds involved in terrorist activities.

Alibaba, a leader in the domestic technology industry, also has a team of more than 2,000 network security experts working with political and legal departments to establish long-term cooperation on IPR infringement, online fraud and account theft. In the first half of 2016 alone, more than 120 million pieces of counterfeit goods were successfully intercepted and the distribution of 3,518 sales counterfeits was recorded within one year. This gave the police more precision to crack down on.

If the political and legal departments can make good use of the "tools" for data processing and analysis, they will certainly be able to maintain the mechanism of "predicting the future" for the social order and make radical changes.

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