- Holding company
June 10th 2041
- Key people
Datalign is a subsidiary of the Chinese technology conglomerate Zhupao. It creates customised end-to-end system integration solutions for governments, companies, and individuals subscribed to G6 in order to adapt national and regional data infrastructures to G6 standards. Datalign also offers digital service solutions with both human and artificial intelligence (AI) operators.
Created in 2041 from the merger of several Zhupao subsidiaries and acquisitions, Datalign is commonly referred to as Zhupao’s logistics arm for the deployment of G6, providing subscribers with access to network infrastructure, neural colloids supplied by Endoptic, and data analysis corresponding to their licensed G6 tier.
On October 2nd 2049, Datalign announced that it was working with Zhupao and Chinese authorities in the investigation of the assassination of Xu Shaoyong and Yuri Golitsyn, which appears to have been carried out through an “improperly used” Datalign contractor account.
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Datalign was created by Xu Shaoyong on June 10th 2041 as an umbrella company for the merger of several Zhupao subsidiaries and acquisitions, including Apprise, Cengal, PenCréant, and Triaxa Health. Though Endoptic was made part of Datalign as well, the company is considered to retain its nominal status as a Zhupao subsidiary. In an official announcement, Xu described Datalign as a system integration company with the purpose of “processing the distribution of G6 and its affiliated services,” and introduced Spencer Hagen as president of the newly formed company. 
Since 2041, Datalign has worked with over 5,000 governments, companies, and individuals to locally implement their G6 licenses. Access to the network is guaranteed within 72 hours, a timeframe that allows for modular G6 hubs to be custom-designed and manufactured, shipped to G6 members regardless of location, and installed by Datalign technicians. The rare-earth elements (REEs) required for the manufacture of G6 hubs limits Datalign’s production capacity to China, where it operates 54 facilities across Jiangsu and Shandong provinces.
Once G6 hubs are attached to a country’s healthcare infrastructures, the network can formalise and absorb external data sets within 48 hours, with optimal noise reduction and gate sequencing achieved within an additional 24 hours. Datalign employees are tasked on location as long as the G6 license remains active, ensuring year-round technical support. Every G6-BASIC country harbours a minimum of five G6 hubs, which are typically installed close to pre-existing governmental data centres. While the dimensions of each hub vary drastically, the smallest structures on record are large enough to be classified on the yottascale.
Since 2042, Datalign offers G6 members the option to adopt one or more digital service solutions with both human and artificial intelligence (AI) operators. These service solutions are advertised as “public-facing recipients for the reporting and logging of population status events that require notification in accordance with the legal requirements of each country.” As of 2049, Datalign service solutions have replaced civil registry offices in nearly 70% of G6-BASIC countries, including China and its special economic zones (SEZs).
While some Datalign service solutions are staffed exclusively by AI operators, most still employ human contractors as part of an uberised business model. Datalign keeps no physical offices in the countries where it operates, providing its contractors with localised access to G6 data via custom information technology (IT) equipment. Due to the sensitivity involved with handling G6 data, Datalign contractors are subjected to a rigorous screening process before being granted their G6 owner-actor verification. As an additional security measure, contractors are pinged for a live neurometric montage when logged into their Datalign account, which automatically and continuously verifies their identity and location for the duration of their shift.
The primary responsibility of Datalign service operators is to field calls from individuals wishing to update their civil status, report data conflicts, or appeal decisions made by G6. Each incoming call opens a ticket, which is distributed to contractors by a proprietary routing algorithm so that they never interact with data outside of their purview. Datalign operates a gamified work culture that incentivises contractors to process and close a given number of tickets during their eight-hour shifts.
On October 1st 2049, an official from the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) reported that a Datalign work terminal had been identified as the source of a cyberattack that claimed the lives of Xu Shaoyong and Yuri Golitsyn on September 30th 2049. This report was confirmed on October 2nd 2049, when a Datalign spokesperson announced that an ongoing investigation by Zhupao had determined that a Datalign account in London City had been “improperly used” to carry out the attack.
On October 2nd 2049, Deena Kim was identified as the contractor whose account was linked to the attack. When Kim was subsequently accused of being Adira, her Datalign account was suspended and her work terminal confiscated as part of the investigation. On October 3rd 2049, Datalign issued a statement to clarify the nature of the cyberattack, explaining that “the request to override the drone used in the attack did not originate from the terminal of a Datalign contractor. It was inserted as a ticket by an unknown source and sent by a routing algorithm to the contractor, who then marked the ticket as resolved, presumably without looking at its contents.” The statement does not confirm whether Adira is believed to be the source of the logged ticket.
- Cai, F. (June 2041). “Xu Shaoyong unveils Datalign as dedicated G6 installation company.” Jiefang Daily. ↩