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Here’s How China’s ‘Social Credit Score’ Punish And Reward Citizens, And It Sounds Like Dystopian Fiction
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Here’s How China’s ‘Social Credit Score’ Punish And Reward Citizens, And It Sounds Like Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian future is here, and there’s literally no escape from it. While European countries fight for the safety of personal data on the Internet, China has adopted a Big Brother-style country-wide people tracking system. And we don’t mean the simple surveillance cameras as the Chinese took it to a whole another level with facial recognition and gait tracking so smart that you would never be able to cheat on.

Well, the tracking part might be counted as a security measure, but where the facial recognition software data is actually used is absolutely mind-blowing. The government records your credit history, fulfillment capacity, identity characteristics, social relationships, behavior and preferences, and based on your choices they will give you a social score from 350 to 950. If you fall into the ‘good citizen’ category with a score of more than 700, you’ll get better loan rates, you can skip queues, rent things without a deposit and even get better matches on dating sites. If you fall into the ‘bad’ category with lower scores you may be restricted from well-paying jobs, your kids will not be able to go to a good school and not only you’ll be banned from buying domestic flight tickets but also leaving the country. If that isn’t scary, we don’t know what is.

If you’ve read the dystopian fiction masterpiece by George Orwell called 1984, the eerie similarities will give you goose-bumps and probably some sleepless nights.

The future is now.

More info: imgur.com

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Aaron Kara
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4 years ago

Whats really worrying is that I think we're too distracted to do anything about it, that's what makes it so insidious, we're mollified by the idea that the technological age has connected us more, given us more choice when in fact its just the carrot before we get the stick. Another brick in the wall

Freya the Wanderer
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4 years ago

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Fight back, demand laws that protect our privacy!

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ADHORTATOR
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4 years ago

And there are still people saying "So what, I have nothing to hide...take my data!"

Grumble O'Pug
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4 years ago

This needs to be at the top

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Night Owl
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4 years ago

I hope it doesn't spread. I'm already scared.

Nikki D
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4 years ago (edited)

I first read about it yesterday and have had such a feeling of foreboding since

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
4 years ago

Whats really worrying is that I think we're too distracted to do anything about it, that's what makes it so insidious, we're mollified by the idea that the technological age has connected us more, given us more choice when in fact its just the carrot before we get the stick. Another brick in the wall

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
4 years ago

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Fight back, demand laws that protect our privacy!

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 years ago

And there are still people saying "So what, I have nothing to hide...take my data!"

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
4 years ago

This needs to be at the top

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Night Owl
Community Member
4 years ago

I hope it doesn't spread. I'm already scared.

Nikki D
Community Member
4 years ago (edited)

I first read about it yesterday and have had such a feeling of foreboding since

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