Beijing Plans Social Credit System Of Punishments And Rewards That Sounds Very ‘Handmaid’s Tale’
Not only is Big Brother watching citizens in China, but the government will also soon be grading them on their actions. China has launched a “social credit” system that will rank citizens beginning in 2020. Judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior. In short, China will judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior.
If it sounds like a scene from the TV show “Handmaid’s Tale” or “Black Mirror” it’s not.
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“Like private credit scores, a person’s social score can move up and down depending on their behavior. The exact methodology is a secret — but examples of infractions include bad driving, smoking in non-smoking zones, buying too many video games and posting fake news online,” Business Insider reported.
And low scores will be punished. Offending citizens will be banned from buying tickets for domestic flights, the best schools will be off limits for those citizens and/or their children, and low scorers can forget about getting good jobs — they will be reserved for high scorers. Low-scoring citizens will also not be allowed in the best hotels and will even be blocked from joining the military. China will even take away pets from “bad” citizens.
On top of this China plans on making the names public of who is ranking low in the system.
Here’s what good citizens will get, according to reports: discounts on energy bills, the ability to rent things without deposits, better interest rates at banks, easter travel. China’s plan to is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns personalized ratings for each resident.
“The Social Credit System (SCS) is perhaps the most prominent manifestation of the Chinese government’s intention to reinforce legal, regulatory and policy processes through the application of information technology,” wrote Rogier Creemers of Leiden University – Van Vollenhoven Institute
in a White Paper titled “China’s Social Credit System: An Evolving Practice of Control.”
Opponents of the plan call it “Orwellian.” Even U.S. Vice President Mike Pence isn’t impressed, On Oct, 4 he described it as “an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every facet of human life.” There are far-reaching implications of a lack of privacy as well as how safe and secure the data China collects, particularly financial data, will be.
Facial recognition will be one way China will track its citizens.
“Under the system, government agencies compile and share across departments, regions, and sectors, and with the public, data on compliance with specified industry or sectoral laws, regulations, and agreements by individuals, companies, social organizations, government departments, and the judiciary,” Foreign Policy reported.
So dystopian and authoritarian as to defy belief: China will judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior & adopt a lifelong points program that assigns personalized ratings by 2021. Via @business @clayroutledge https://t.co/GwArUtwOk0
— Nicholas A. Christakis (@NAChristakis) November 23, 2018
This is the way the world ends:
1) An inaccurate, over-hyped story about China's "social credit" system
2) Well-meaning but uninformed public intellectuals (@NAChristakis) denounce system as "Orwellian"
3) War-mongers arrive to call for "regime change" https://t.co/kp2zfifspk
— gabriel wildau (@gabewildau) November 25, 2018
This is not a credit rating, it is a social control system. Your behavior will affect the ratings of your family and friends, so they have a reason to keep you in check.
Ratings affect the ability to travel without restrictions even within China, impacts one's freedom and more.
— Peter Fougerousse (@pfouge) November 24, 2018
Isn’t that called a “Credit Rating”?
— Dan Careaga (@DanCareaga) November 23, 2018
Similar to a credit rating, except it ranks your politics, not your economic behavior.
— Kevin (@Xenoptic) November 23, 2018