China has a social credit system that tracks peoples’ activities and allocates scores. The government uses this score to measure the level of trustworthiness, which then determines what you’re allowed to do. Purchases like diapers and food increase the score, while items like alcohol and video games reduce the score. Those with low social credit are publicly shamed. There’s even an app that shows who around you has low social credit. In China, being monitored is not new. However, the social credit system uses algorithmic surveillance for social control. In a world where there is much concern over data privacy, this is somehow scary. What do you think of this system?
A Look Inside China’s Social Credit System
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