Authorities in Beijing will judge each of the Chinese capital’s 22 million residents on their “personal trustworthiness” under a points-based system set to be launched by 2020.
According to state media, the “Beijing Municipal Action Plan for Further Optimising the Business Environment” will monitor both individuals and companies’ financial credit and personal behavior so they can reward or punish them accordingly.
China is marrying Big Brother to Big Data. Every citizen will be watched and their behavior is scored in the most ambitious and sophisticated system of social control in history.
Their punishments for blacklisted citizens are “believed to include slowing internet speeds, reducing access to good schools for individuals or their children, banning people from certain jobs, preventing booking at certain hotels and losing the right to own pets”, The Independent reports.
China’s plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns personalized ratings for each resident.
The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult.
The Beijing project will improve blacklist systems so that those deemed untrustworthy will be “unable to move even a single step,” according to the government’s plan. Xinhua reported on the proposal Tuesday, while the report posted on the municipal government’s website is dated July 18.
China has long experimented with systems that grade its citizens, rewarding good behavior with streamlined services while punishing bad actions with restrictions and penalties. Critics say such moves are fraught with risks and could lead to systems that reduce humans to little more than a report card. More
Book “1984” by George Orwell springs to my mind. This is really scary stuff. We already see the left trying to dictate what is acceptable behavior here in the US.
But the difference here is that we can discuss this, and take actions to police any actions … in China, they have no choice as it is a communist state.