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CHINA’S chilling dictatorship is moving quickly to introduce social scorecards by which all citizens will be monitored 24/7 and ranked on their behaviour.
The Communist Party’s plan is for every one of its 1.4 billion citizens to be at the whim of a dystopian social credit system, and it’s on track to be fully operational by the year 2020.
An active pilot program has already seen millions of people each assigned a score out of 800 and either reap its benefits or suffer its consequences — depending on which end of the scale they sit.
Under the social credit scheme, points are lost and gained based on readings from a sophisticated network of 200 million surveillance cameras — a figure set to triple in 18 months.
The program has been enabled by rapid advances in facial recognition, body scanning and geo-tracking.
The article goes on to state the following:
The data is combined with information collected from individuals’ government records — including medical and educational — along with their financial and internet browsing histories. Overall scores can go up and down in “real time” dependent on the person’s behaviour but they can also be affected by people they associate with.
“If your best friend or your dad says something negative about the government, you’ll lose points too,” the ABC reports.
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China’s digital dictatorship hellscape already destroying lives: https://t.co/osz8zC9BGe of course this idea will be exported.
— Tom Grundy (@tomgrundy) September 19, 2018
— Duska Sulicich (@DuskaSulicich) September 19, 2018
— ABC Q&A (@QandA) September 19, 2018
— Annabel Crabb (@annabelcrabb) September 17, 2018
China is the world’s first digital surveillance dictatorship reports Matt Carney ABC’s Foreign Correspondent program. Each person’s digital footprint used to build state-run frightening “social credit” black list blocking travel/finance/communications. pic.twitter.com/g6CYNafcF3
— Quentin Dempster (@QuentinDempster) September 18, 2018
— Intercontinental (@CQEnergy) September 19, 2018
China’s Digital Dictatorship. While China may be an extreme example of the surveillance state, many other governments seek this type of control over their populations. It is essential to personal freedom that we oppose all types of mass surveillance. https://t.co/D315NF9Wfe pic.twitter.com/bpgrGWX54P
— Michael Chesbro (@Michael_Chesbro) September 19, 2018
— Anuraag Saxena (@anuraag_saxena) September 19, 2018
ABC’s Foreign Correspondent with a horrifying picture of where surveillance can lead https://t.co/XTpXCsY49V
— Edward Santow (@esantow) September 18, 2018
Bloody hell. China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges — for others, punishment: https://t.co/sZbFEVyu4f @ForeignOfficial pic.twitter.com/st9zRmwKq8
— Peter Martin (@1petermartin) September 18, 2018