Imagine a society where everything you do everything you say and everything you buy is controlled and evaluated by the authorities, it’s not science fiction in,
it’s a reality from now on citizens lives are rated and assessed this is what the Chinese Communist Party calls social credit the government. Here says it is trying to purify society by rewarding those who are trustworthy and punishing those who are not, so like the credit score that most Americans get for how they handle their finances Chinese citizens are now getting social credit scores the social credit rating system, begun testing five years ago in approximately 30 Chinese cities it will be rolled out across the entire country.
By 2020 now the government is tracking citizens behavior from smoking on a train to jaywalking if one score drops low enough they could be denied travel or buying an apartment when Leo who recently tried to book a flight he was told he was banned from flying because he’s on the list of untrustworthy people.
A child can’t go to a private school
Leo was a journalist who was ordered by a court to apologize for a series of tweets he wrote and was then told his apology was insincere, I can’t buy property my child can’t go to a private school he says you feel you’re being controlled by the list all the time and the list is now getting longer as every Chinese citizen is being assigned a social credit score.
China’s growing network of surveillance
Nearly 15 million people have already been prevented from traveling the process made possible thanks to the collection of masses of data in all areas of its citizens private and public life, and it is set to be implemented nationally in 2020. China’s growing network of surveillance cameras makes all of this possible the country already has an estimated 176 million cameras, this knows every person every bike every car every bus you can tell whether it is an adult a child a male or female, it can recognize more than four thousand vehicles.
For China’s population already scrutinized by the country’s 117 million surveillance cameras on the social credit system only signals a further decline in freedom, how far into people’s daily mundane activities does this go? well, I think that the government and the people running the plan would like to go as deep as possible to determine how to allocate benefits and also how to impact and shape their behavior. In this building, the officials of Rong Chun assigned a rating to its inhabitants we were able to sneak inside and film…