China implemented their new ‘social credit’ in June of 2014 with the council announcing that the system would “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven, while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”
Fox News – May 3rd 2020: “What is China Social Credit System“
China’s social credit system is a government program being implemented nationwide to regulate its citizens’ behavior based on a point system. Under this system, citizens are ranked in different areas of civil life using data collected from court documents, government or corporate records, and in some cases, citizen observers.
Citizens with higher scores have had an easier time getting bank loans, free medical checkups and discounts on heating.
Points have been deducted for traffic violations, selling faulty products or defaulting on loan payments. In some cases, people with bad social credit scores have been barred from buying airline or train tickets. Other infractions have included smoking in non-smoking zones, buying – or playing – too many video games and posting false news stories online, Business Insider reported.
People failing to comply have been placed on so-called “blacklists,” which companies may reference when considering potential employees. In other cases, students may be denied entry into universities because of their parents’ bad social credit scores.
China’s State Council first introduced the plan in June 2014. The council announced the system would “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”
New York Post – May 18th, 2019: “China’s New Social Credit System Turns Orwell’s 1984 Into Reality”
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Take notice of the date that this was written: It was predicted to be rolled out worldwide by 2020. According to their published plans, it looks like they are behind schedule… or, are they?
“China’s already formidable police state has been upgraded using big data, machine learning, face recognition technology and artificial intelligence into a fearsome cyborg of state control. The Chinese Communist Party has given birth to the world’s first high-tech digital dictatorship. Not content to incarcerate its own population in a virtual prison, China is busily hawking its creation to like-minded socialist dictatorships. Maduro’s Venezuela was China’s first customer.”
“Imagine calling a friend. Only instead of hearing a ring tone you hear a police siren, and then a voice intoning, “Be careful in your dealings with this person.” Would that put a damper on your relationship? It’s supposed to. Welcome to life in China’s “Social Credit System,” where a low score can ruin your life in more ways than one.“
Say you arrive at the Beijing airport, intending to catch a flight to Canton 1,200 miles south. The clerk at the ticket counter turns you away because — you guessed it — your social credit score is too low. Not only are you publicly humiliated in the ticket line, you are then forced to travel by slow train. What should have been a three-hour flight becomes a 30-hour, stop-and-go nightmare.” All because the government has declared you untrustworthy.
Perhaps you defaulted on a loan, made the mistake of criticising some government policy online or just spent too much time playing video games on the internet. All of these actions, and many more, can cause your score to plummet, forcing citizens onto the most dreaded rung on China’s deadbeat caste system, the laolai. And the punishments are shocking. The government algorithm will go as far as to install an “embarrassing” ring tone on the phones of laolai, shaming them every time they get a call in public. But an embarrassing ring tone, flight bans and slow trains are just the beginning of the dystopian nightmare that is now daily life in China for tens of millions of people.”
You heard that right, the CCP has total and full control of the population.
According to Australia’s ABC News, the government has produced a “Deadbeat Map” via an app on WeChat, which shows a radar-style graphic identifying every laolai in the vicinity of the user.
“Tapping on a person marked on the map reveals their personal information, including their full name, court-case number and the reason they have been labeled untrustworthy. Identity-card numbers and home addresses are also partially shown,” ABC reported.
There are reports that those whose social credit score falls too low are preemptively arrested and sent to re-education camps. Not because they have actually committed a crime, but because they are likely to.
This is shocking that this is actually a reality, and that we’ve hardly heard about it in Canada. All links and articles were from outside of Canada, (it’s like our media here won’t touch the story or something), and it’s really genuinely difficult to imagine what life has been like for these people for the past 6+ years.
It’s totally one thing to know that the cops may have access to your personal private data in the case that you are a criminal and they have a reason to be looking, it’s completely another to have them actively monitoring all of your data to try to catch what they believe to be “social missteps”, while enforcing strict consequences for breaching these terms.