China’s social credit system is in full swing and has already blacklisted more than 15 million Chinese residents from travel. Is it coming soon to the U.S.?
Recently, The Organic Prepper reported some shocking news of China’s newest rollout: a social credit system.
It’s a system of surveillance and governance using a social scoring system based on the state’s perceived trustworthiness of the individual. Not only are social media and financial accounts tied into a person’s “score” – much like a credit score number – but also friends and associates are compelled to distance themselves from an offending person, otherwise, their score can be dropped too.
The program is called the Sesame Score. Symbolically this represents “open sesame”or doorways that are eithe r opened or blocked to the individual who tries to move freely.
A totalitarian dream
This is every totalitarian government’s ultimate dream: a society that polices itself, its thoughts, its beliefs and each other.
It’s the ultimate power imbalance and crushes individual will. If such a scoring system should be used it should be in cases of state or institution accountability such as checking politicians’ funding sources or Glassdoor.com where employees and interviewees can evaluate companies to let others know about the real company culture. But social scoring cannot work the other way around in a free society.
The ramifications of this are perfectly encapsulated by the episode of Netflix’s futurist show Black Mirror called “Nosedive” in season 3 episode 1, where a woman trying to boost her social credit status quickly takes a turn for the worse. Out of all the shows in the series, that episode makes my heart pound right out of my chest because it seems the most real of all the surreal dystopian themes. It’s panic-inducing to realize as you’re watching it that this nightmare is happening now and could happen to you shortly.
Although China’s social credit system had the goal of being in use by 2020, it’s already in full bloom in some regions such as Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai. Mainstream media reported that the program is optional but that is not really the case because the very nature of the program compels people to join or “die” as you will see.
The Independent UK just reported:
Millions of Chinese nationals have been blocked from booking flights or trains as Beijing seeks to implement its controversial “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.
The system, to be rolled out by 2020, aims to make it “difficult to move” for those deemed “untrustworthy”, according to a detailed plan published by the government this week.
It will be used to reward or punish people and organisations for “trustworthiness” across a range of measures.
A key part of the plan not only involves blacklisting people with low social credibility scores, but also “publicly disclosing the records of enterprises and individuals’ untrustworthiness on a regular basis”.
“We will improve the credit blacklist system, publicly disclose the records of enterprises and individuals’ untrustworthiness on a regular basis, and form a pattern of distrust and punishment,” the plan states. And, if you don’t make the cut, “everywhere is limited, and it is difficult to move so that those who violate the law and lose the trust will pay a heavy price.”
And now more than 15 million people cannot travel freely.
As a result of the new social credit system, the government blocked 11.14 million residents from flights and 4.25 million from taking high-speed trains as of May.
Again, not really an “optional” program when you are literally blocked from getting on a plane.
According to Channel News Asia, China crimped luxury add-ons leaving 3 million people without business class options for train tickets.
Science Alert reported:
“This is potentially a totally new way for the government to manage the economy and society,” economist Martin Chorzempa from the Peterson Institute for International Economics told The New York Times in July.
“The goal is algorithmic governance.”
If that isn’t scary enough, the stated goal of the program according to Hou Yunchun, former deputy director of the development research center of the State Council, is to make “discredited people become bankrupt.”
What’s “good” and what’s “bad”
Some of the “good” behaviors include:
- Giving blood
- Volunteer work
- Financial good standing
Good behaviors can result in:
- Better loan interest rates
- Promoted profile on biggest dating site (gets you better matches)
- Discounts on utility bills like energy
- Rent appliances without deposit
- Skipping lines while traveling
While some of the “bad” behaviors include:
- Outstanding bills, loans, etc.
- Violating traffic laws
- Posting so-called fake news
- Paying under the table
- Buying too many video games
- Or, otherwise being an idle person and not contributing to the greater good
- Smoking in non-smoking zones (reminiscent of Demolition Man with the cussing fines)
Although not clearly outlined, some of the punishments for social credit infractions are thought to be:
- Blocked travel
- Slowing/throttling internet speeds
- Reducing access to good schools (both adults & children)
- Barring people from certain jobs
- Blocking them from booking at certain hotels
- Losing the right to own pets (!!!)
It should also be reiterated that part of the ratings come from all the people around you.
3 Reasons the Social Credit System and Potential Travel Restrictions Are Coming to America
Firstly, China is a growing world superpower. If the U.S. wants to play ball, or play other countries’ markets for that matter, they may have to acquiesce to the system. Sadly, China’s government appears to treat its nation as a “test ground” of sorts for social engineering.
Furthermore, a report by The Guardian discusses how China’s social credit system will interfere with other nations’ sovereignty. It says that the system is already shaping the behavior of foreign businesses and is “reaching beyond China’s borders to impact foreign companies.”
Secondly, as OP readers pointed out in the comments section of Daisy’s report, MyLife.com already exists.
It’s a bonafide social scoring system!
What started out as a “friend finder” or one of those “get a report on this person” websites, now uses social media, government information, financial accounts, personal reviews from others and more to give someone their own score. And it can be used to check for job suitability.
“Reputation is more important than credit. Only MyLife provides public Reputation Scores based on public information gathered from government, social, and other sources, plus personal reviews written by others.” –MyLife
It is now one of the top 1,000 websites in the U.S. and top 6,000 websites in the entire world at the time of this writing.
You can even look yourself up. You might be surprised to find out you’ve been scored. It will even definitively show you whether you are “good” or “bad.” Those are the actual labels you are given. Talk about omnipotence…But DO NOT provide any information, especially your email. It’s a baiting site.
Lastly, America is launching biometric retina scanners starting at Atlanta International Airport. I first saw the machines in the airport in 2012 so I knew it was only a matter of time before Real ID and retina scanners slid into normal use. We probably don’t balk at this type of news any more thanks to Facebook.
Facial recognition is tied into China’s social credit scoring as well as other unprecedented mass-scale surveillance programs.
So, yeah, social credit scoring is already here in the U.S. but it’s up to us to decide where it goes next.
Social Media: The Ultimate Social Engineering Test Simulator
If you need more proof that America is gearing up for a social credit system, just look at the one that many people – maybe even you – probably use every day. It teaches people to be divisive and block others for expressing beliefs that are different from their own or the approved social agenda.
Just think about how social media started out under the banner of self-expression and connection.
Now, look how things twisted up soon after. Facial recognition, blatant censorship, politically correct algorithms, data breaches, aggressive ads, and more. Are people heard now? Are they closer to their friends? Doubtful.
Facebook is the perfect testing ground for social policing.
It is of utmost importance that we circumvent such privacy violations as much as possible and take up a fighting stance.
I’m with Daisy on this one. Among all the battlefronts there are in the more independent communities, this one may be the most important and should be fought tooth and nail before anything else. We can’t let our children be forced to choose between being outsiders; the dregs of society with no rights or access to resources, or else totally immersed in the system; probed beyond anyone’s wildest imaginations with no real identity except one that is state-sanctioned.
What do you think of China’s new social credit system and travel restrictions?
Do you think it’s coming to America/Canada/Europe? Will it include travel restrictions? Sound off below!
First: you have credit scores, the government is all over them. Second: we are being watched by government on what we look at online. Third: you use debit cards, the government knows what you buy and your needs. It is already happening in the US of A only on a smaller scale.
maybe they should call it “not my life” – it says I am a single christian democrat. i’m not any of those. scary. it’s just knowledgeable enough to be misleading. what could possibly go wrong?
Mylife shows me as being African American when I am white. Also shows me as living in places I have never been.
My experience is similar. I haven’t had access to that for a long time now, so had my husband leave a public comment about no longer having access and outlining what info was wrong on my old profile. I only hope it helps. As for my husband’s site, his situation is Similar to yours
It’s already here. The department of homeland security is taking public response on a program just like the one I China and India this month. Facial recognition is being used at the white House and airports are using it. Sweden is implanting citizens with chips. That’s all I need to know.
Saw an episode of Black Mirror called Nosedive. The story line was this exactly. .Watching it in ’16 I saw it as extreme, but possible. Now I know it’s here.
China was originally an agrarian society and DIDN’T want to adopt the whole modern industrial way of life. She didn’t do too badly, and there was very rarely such extreme control over the people, if only because of the lack of modern technology. It was the West that forced China to leave her traditional way of life behind, and destabilised the society so greatly political opportunists such as the CCP eventually gained power. So if now China has developed this horrid system of control and it’s seriously coming to the West, the West will have only itself to blame.
Call it ‘PAYBACK’.
It is such cruelty to prevent these people from traveling on planes and trains. Around February is the biggest family holiday of their culture, the Lunar New Year, where there is a mass migration of millions of people wanting to spend the holiday with loved ones. Now these poor people can’t go home for the Lunar New Year.
“The Nazis are well remembered for murdering well over 11 million people in the implementation of their slogan, ‘The public good before the private good,’ the Chinese Communists for murdering 62 million people in the implementation of theirs, ‘Serve the people,’ and the Soviet Communists for murdering more than 60 million people in the implementation of Karl Marx’s slogan, ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.’ Anyone who defends any of these, or any variation of them, on the grounds of their ‘good intentions’ is an immoral…enabler of the ACTUAL (not just the proverbial) road to hell.” ~ Rick Gaber
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for 3 years i arrived there too so called west even more just outside waiguo cause japan russia were too in this greatly mosaics apparently chaotic indeed synchronously harmoniously manipulated by secret societies forced china industrialisation so slower or quicker this is this direction so what is next or what it should be is now is forced… i can say now… behind these societies all so called evil mad by america europe which is made from europe or america only is actually china… they plotted this all thousands years before and finally action is now make itself victim innocent blame west enjoy life global power in china from china now life in china is disnayland but on condition we give them money for nothing how you explain this people power money and industry transfer to asia generally but finally china and blame on so called west
China is very misunderstood in the west. The west cannot understand that China does not seek to oppress and control its citizens every move. But that it wants peace, stability and what Xi calls harmony. China lifted 800m people out of poverty since the 70’s.
The social credit score as described in the article is really only a way to encourage people to be good citizens: work to contribute to society, live within their means so they can pay their bills, obey traffic regulations to prevent accidents, abstain from too many computer games to prevent addiction, give blood to save lives and volunteer to help others when needed. This is not oppressive. It is an encouragement. And gives some rewards for good citizenship.
If you break too many traffic rules in the US you won’t be able to travel anymore either: they take your license away and there is no public transport!
If you apply for college, for a job or for a mortgage, the scrutiny is way more intrusive and the penalties are cruel: complete denial of any freedom to pursue your dreams.
ok cause i see we risk brain wash so am straight am in china now am coming since 14 years always for business which planned never worked this time tourisme am not rookie here and i open eyes this is real communisme not socialisme police state everything played off as if in 1984 or other kafka now behind xi who speak now are the same people who plotted across the planet all possible genocide make now china wonder kid but is not this is not even predator but huge parasite which must understand its place is zhongguo not waiguo and way is the same like soviets seen economic politic and militar pressure high level non stop long time cause people behind this global phenomena say right give china real money for nothing cannot stop the same mosquito bit or suck blood blocked in skin this is steroid growth without any economical reason only reason is run outside waiguo in chaos then militar solution without atom am telling you we cannot eliminate monsters or people behind this at this level maybe but china control planet cannot work this finish with doom if china do not get calmed soviet union like