Imagine getting ready to travel to another country only to learn your plane ticket got declined because your Social Credit Score is too low. That in a nutshell is what the Social Credit System is all about.
Social Credit System, in operation in China today, is a way by which your behavior is ranked in society in order to reward or deny you benefits. If your behavior, opinions, and your independent thinking is not inline with the party, your credit score goes down restricting you from: traveling, getting loans, well paid career job, prestigious university, internet use, and other privileges that are necessary to function in a 21 century society.
How does this credit scoring system works?
According to the New York Post, under the social credit scheme that starts at 800 points, these points are lost and gained based on readings from a sophisticated network of 200 million surveillance cameras. The data is then 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 behavior, but they can also be affected by people they associate with.
Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) reports. “If your best friend or your dad says something negative about the government, you’ll lose points too.”
An estimated 10 million people are already paying the price of a low rating. — Jaywalking, late payments on bills or taxes, buying too much alcohol or speaking out against the government have already cost people points.
How is Google and Facebook involved in this mass surveillance scheme?
Google, Facebook, and other American high-tech companies (such as YouTube, Apple, Oracle, Intel, Cisco) were eager to get a piece of a fat Chinese pie in 2014, so they gave China its pieces of technology to successfully execute their massive social credit system. These companies provided the inspiration for it.
YouTube, just the other day has already begun to execute some of the social credit score ideas directly on its platform by demonetizing a whole host of conservatives. That’s almost identical to what the Chinese are doing, penalizing people who are ranked poorly in their system.
These American companies are learning a lot from Chinese which they helped in the first place. China is sort of beta test for them before this system is implemented worldwide.
“He required everyone—great and small, rich and poor, slave and free—to be tattooed with a certain mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could get a job or even buy in any store without the permit of that mark, which was either the name of the Creature or the code number of his name.” — Living Bible