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China Creates ‘Social Credit System’—Rates Its Citizens Based On Their Behavior
By Izza Sofia, 01 Dec 2017
The Chinese government is planning to launch a ‘Social Credit System’—similar to a Black Mirror episode—that will be used to evaluate the trustworthiness of citizens.
The system was first announced in 2014 and is voluntary for now but will be mandatory by 2020.
To create the social credit scores, the government has employed the help of large Chinese companies with access to massive swathes of data. The companies, which include messaging app WeChat, financial services and insurance company Sesame Credit, and Alibaba’s AliPay are combining their data to rate citizens according to five main criterias.
These include credit history, fulfilment capacity, personal characteristics, behaviors and interpersonal relationships.
“Someone who plays video games for ten hours a day, for example, would be considered an idle person,” Sesame’s Technology Director Li Yingyun said. “Someone who frequently buys diapers would be considered as probably a parent, who on balance is more likely to have a sense of responsibility.”
Apparently, millions of people have already signed up for this and the Chinese government is incentivising them for doing so.
When users of the system reach certain point milestones, they get rewarded with perks such as faster check-in at hotels, access to cash loans and even faster processing of travel visas.
[via Konbini, images via Netflix]
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