The country’s ubiquitous facial recognition technology has been stymied by face masks
China has managed to create a “Great Internet Wall". Its policies forced out giants such as Google and Uber, and insulated its economy from US Big Tech firms. This allowed the creation of home-grown rivals such as Baidu instead. The Chinese internet market has exploded over the years. It has grown to about a billion users, most of them on mobile phones, from just over 300 million in early 2010, according to the China Internet Network Information Center, a branch of the country’s ministry of industry and information.