In 2014, China released a roadmap indicating they would release new “social credit” system which allows the government to closely monitor and judge each of its 1.3 billion citizens based on their behaviour and activity. In Nov. 2018, the Beijing municipal government released its plan to assign “personal trustworthiness points” by 2021, sparking a new round of media attention.
This is a quick roundup of news stories about the new social credit system.
- The Independent (UK): China blacklists millions of people from booking flights as ‘social credit’ system introduced
- The Straits Times (Singapore): Beijing pioneering ‘social credit system’ (21/11/2018) clarifies that the new program sparking recent media attention was released by the Beijing municipal government.
- Wikipedia: Social Credit System
- Vision Times (news NGO dedicated to monitoring China): The Social Credit System in China Is Another Way to Control Its Citizens (23/12/2015) refers to the social credit system as the “Sesame Credit” system and includes a video describing how the system gamifies obedience to the government’s definition of being a good citizen.