The complicated truth about China’s social credit system | WIRED UK

First of all, I apologize for linking to a pay-walled site. Sorry. But the topic of a nationalized citizen scoring system is quite timely, I think. Quite a few people in government want the US Homeland Security division to produce exactly such a thing for everyone in America, to become the basis of things like government inspections, such as TSA searches at airports and train stations, businesses during job applications, and any law enforcement incident, including immigration control and traffic stops.

If you are in the system, and have a reasonably good score, maybe you get a warning instead of a ticket. You also won’t get strip searched or asked embarrassing questions. If you are anonymous, or have a less than stallar score, maybe you get examined a little more closely. It all sounds like yet another creepy Black Mirror episode, if you ask me.

I also wonder how many individual metrics they could come up with to judge our behaviour by. No doubt that list would change over time, but even just a starting list. Financial reliability, financial health, respect for authority, respect for family, respect for laws, respect for others, respect for safety, respect for health, etc. What else?

China’s social credit system isn’t a world first but when it’s complete it will be unique. The system isn’t just as simple as everyone being given a score though

Source: The complicated truth about China’s social credit system | WIRED UK