China Begins To Pilot Social Credit Ranking For Populace
The system will give citizens a net score based on their daily behavior, which would offer them certain liberties or restrictions
In June 2015, the Communist Party of China announced plans to implement a new system of social credit for its citizens by tapping into digital data networks. According to The Wall Street Journal, China has begun to test the system in 30 of its provinces, on track for a country-wide application by 2020.
The credit system, which translates into the euphemistic “personal credit information system,” evaluates citizens’ daily actions and gives them certain privileges for good scores. However, both trivial and severe felonies might inhibit travel, jobs, wait times and the ability to receive loans. The system would also collect and share data on business behavior for consumers to access.