China is an interesting places, it’s now joined as Turkey as one of the view countries in the world where the public has voted for a dictator to have more constitutional power. We all know how successful other dictatorships have been throughout history.
In December of last year, it was reported that China had begun implementing a system very similar to Black Mirror‘s “Nose Dive” episode. The app called Zhima credit was a part of a larger app that Chinese smartphone users use, it combines a person’s credit score and other social media data to give that person a rating.
Now the Chinese authorities are trying to introduce a system that is eerily reminiscent of Charlie Brooker’s social thriller. Reports state that citizens will be score between 350-950, the more good deeds you do the higher your rating. The new ‘social credit’ system is not yet being launched until 2020 but the infrastructure for it is already being implemented.
Starting from May those citizens who commit ‘acts of dishonour’ will be unable to travel on trains, take flights for up to a year. According to Marketplace, the system has already been used to deny loans to ‘discredited’ members of society. The program was first formulated in 2013 and the list had grown to include 9.59 million people by the Summer of 2016.
The move is part of President Xi Jinping plan to construct a social credit system based on the principle of “once untrustworthy, always restricted,” said one of the notices. The government have also authorised state authorities to share information on its citizens’ trustworthiness and issue penalties based on a so-called social credit score.
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