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Mapping conditions in Rakhine State

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Executive summary

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre has combined open-source data with the collection and analysis of new satellite imagery to assess the current status of settlements in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, which were burned, damaged or destroyed in 2017. As part of this research project, we have also mapped potential repatriation camps and military bases constructed on the sites of former Rohingya settlements.

Our research does not support assertions that conditions are in place to support a safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine State. Satellite analysis shows minimal preparation for a return of half a million refugees. The preparations that are being made raise significant concerns about the conditions under which returning Rohingya would be expected to live. Ongoing violence, instability, disruptions to internet and communications technologies and the lack of information about the security situation in Rakhine add to those concerns.

This research seeks to add to the evidence base available to policymakers and relevant stakeholders about conditions in northern Rakhine, and Rakhine State more broadly. It also seeks to contribute to informed discussions about the best path towards a safe, dignified and sustainable future for the Rohingya refugees.

Online report

Our findings and research methodology has been compiled as an interactive report which is available here.

Link to online research tool

ADF

Australian Defence Force

ACSC

Australian Cyber Security Centre

IEC

the International Electrotechnical Commission

IEEE

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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Internet of Things

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Internet of Things Alliance Australia

ISO

International Organisation for Standardization

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universal serial bus

IIOT

Industrial Internet of Things

ASD

Australian Signals Directorate

CCP

Chinese Communist Party

MERICS

Mercator Institute for China Studies

PRC

Peoples Republic of China

VPN

virtual private network

AI

Artificial Intelligence

SCS

Social Credit System

BRI

One Belt, One Road initiative

CETC

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

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nongovernment organisation

RFID

radio-frequency identification

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Committee on Foreign Investment in the US

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Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

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University of Technology Sydney

ATO

Australian Taxation Office

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Council of Australian Governments

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Department of Human Services

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Digital Transformation Agency

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Face Identification Service

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Face Verification Service

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Trusted Digital Identity Framework

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National University of Defense Technology

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PLA Information Engineering University

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Rocket Force Engineering University

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science, technology, engineering and mathematics

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University of New South Wales

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Zhengzhou Information Science and Technology Institute