Source: China Daily.
Chinese authorities are experimenting with a new method of social control.
It is a credit score generated by Big Data methods that evaluates not only a person’s financial record, but everything that could throw light on their moral character, including associations and lifestyle choices.
A good credit score would give a person not only certain privileges, but prestige. Conformity would be induced not through threats and punishments, but through positive reinforcement.
Last year the Chinese government announced it is working on something called a “social credit system” to enhance “sincerity discipline” in government, commerce and society in general, which is scheduled to be launched in 2020.
More recently a Chinese credit card company started testing a credit rating system that will use social media to gather information not only on people’s finances, but their hobbies, shopping habits, overall lifestyle and interactions with friends.
Based on that, the person will be given a rating of between 350 to 950 that not only determine their access to credit, but other privileges as well.
Some analysts think the two systems will come together to produce a system of total Orwellian surveillance, a kind of incentive-based totalitarianism.
Every aspect of a Chinese person’s life, including political opinions and friendships, would be fed into the system, which would produce a numerical score based on an algorithm. That score in turn would be the basis for rewards and punishments that would shape the person’s whole life.
Now this is speculative. I don’t know that the Chinese government actually has this in mind.