“Public attitudes toward democracy, we show, have soured over time. Citizens, especially millennials, have less faith in the democratic system.“
I get why human rights orgs would want to speak against this technology, from a Western philosophy and law perspective.
China does not have the same philosophical or legal lineage. They will have to find out on their own whether the cons outweigh the pros.
Theoretically, if the system is not corrupted by misinformation (false or incomplete information), it has the potential to keep the streets free of wanted criminals --which is a noble goal. The question is whether keeping criminals off the streets will trample on innocent people's rights and if so whether the general Chinese public would accept that deal.
By that I mean, I understand they don't have a political say. They don't "vote on the issues" like others might [the party makes those rules]. At the same time, I would tend to think if you put the question to your Chinese on the street over there they will favor this technology (and its use) with a few conscientious objectors who will be few and far between.