According to a recent report in Guangzhou’s official Guangzhou Daily newspaper, all official vehicles used by government officials in Guangzhou will be installed with GPS devices designed to help authorities crack down on the personal use of public vehicles (公车私用). While a useful application of technology, one has to wonder whether this method is practical in monitoring anyone but lower-level government bureaucrats. Who, in other words, are the flesh-and-blood human beings sitting behind these monitoring devices? And are they really going to slap the mayor on the hand? In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to, a black official government sedan, identifiable by its hubcaps in the shape of official red stamps, nervously casts a sidelong glance at a screen labeled “GPS,” on which a large eye hovers.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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