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Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:07 PM

 

I just read about China's new "credit score" system, and this is insane

Everybody is measured by a score between 350 and 950, which is linked to their national identity card. While currently supposedly voluntary, the government has announced that it will be mandatory by 2020.

The system is run by two companies, Alibaba and Tencent, which run all the social networks in China and therefore have access to a vast amount of data about peopleís social ties and activities and what they say.

In addition to measuring your ability to pay, as in the United States, the scores serve as a measure of political compliance. Among the things that will hurt a citizenís score are posting political opinions without prior permission, or posting information that the regime does not like, such as about the Tienanmen Square massacre that the government carried out to hold on to power, or the Shanghai stock market collapse.

It will hurt your score not only if you do these things, but if any of your friends do them. Imagine the social pressure against disobedience or dissent that this will create.


Anybody can check anyone elseís score online. Among other things, this lets people find out which of their friends may be hurting their scores.

Also used to calculate scores is information about hobbies, lifestyle, and shopping. Buying certain goods will improve your score, while others (such as video games) will lower it.

Those with higher scores are rewarded with concrete benefits. Those who reach 700, for example, get easy access to a Singapore travel permit, while those who hit 750 get an even more valued visa.

Sadly, many Chinese appear to be embracing the score as a measure of social worth, with almost 100,000 people bragging about their scores on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.



https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/chinas-nightmarish-citizen-scores-are-warning-americans

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Reply I just read about China's new "credit score" system, and this is insane (Original post)
GummyBearz Oct 2015 OP
AZ Progressive Oct 2015 #1
FreakinDJ Oct 2015 #2
cherokeeprogressive Oct 2015 #7
brush Oct 2015 #9
Rex Oct 2015 #3
Generic Other Oct 2015 #6
bemildred Oct 2015 #4
Oneironaut Oct 2015 #5
LuvNewcastle Oct 2015 #8
mhatrw Oct 2015 #10
Shandris Oct 2015 #11
mhatrw Oct 2015 #12
AngryAmish Oct 2015 #14
davidpdx Oct 2015 #13
mhatrw Oct 2015 #15

Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:10 PM

1. Talk about a whole new level of encouraging conformity...

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Response to AZ Progressive (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:29 PM

2. Just wait until Corp America tells us to conform so they can sell more goods to China

 

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Response to FreakinDJ (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:41 PM

7. This is probably something we'll find is in the TPP after the fact. LOL n/t

 

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Response to AZ Progressive (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 11:18 PM

9. Sounds like someone's favorite book is "1984".

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:31 PM

3. Wait til they try the trial balloon here in America.

 

It's coming.

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Response to Rex (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:36 PM

6. Like that Peeple Yelp site

we will drive them off the nearest cliff if they try this shit.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:32 PM

4. Facebook on steroids. nt

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:35 PM

5. This is a perfect way to maintain an authoritarian society.

You not only want to have absolute power - you also want to make it socially unacceptable to have a dissenting opinion. Having a dissenting opinion would be like saying "I like murdering people," or "I'm a thief" - you risk alienating everyone around you. You want to make people afraid to even think bad things about the government.

This can also, of course, be very profitable. Just make it so that a "good citizen" who buys certain items (which also just so happen to be created by people who are bribing you) has a better score, and therefore a better social standing.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:45 PM

8. All the fucked up things China does

are coming here if we don't get off the road we're on. China is totalitarianism's test kitchen.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2015, 01:22 AM

10. pilot program for the globalized world n/t

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2015, 01:35 AM

11. So just like here, except it's the online mob and not the government.

 

We'll have it in...I give it 5 years.

Tops.

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Response to Shandris (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 7, 2015, 04:50 AM

12. frogs in a slowly heating cauldron

I do not understand why we still can't see this coming and worse at this point.

We have already acquiesced on NSA spying, the Patriot Act, drug testing, and credit checks to get jobs.

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Response to Shandris (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 7, 2015, 05:39 AM

14. We have it already.

 

Chrissy Hynde, the lion shooting dentist, etc.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2015, 05:21 AM

13. That is messed up

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2015, 01:22 PM

15. kick for more views n/t

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