As many know, the Chinese government is one of the most oppressive governments in the world due to their human rights abuses. Recently, they have been creating a real life dystopia that involves the tracking of everyone and everything inside of China. It’s all to create a so called “social credit system.” The government tracks every individual’s interactions with the world and others using mass surveillance, artificial intelligence, CCTV other dystopian methods of spying. Proponents of this system claim it creates a better society by enforcing so called ‘good social behavior’ and increasing the ‘trustworthiness’ of people. There’s no doubt it creates conformity to a certain standard. However, it’s nightmare fuel for anyone who values individual liberty and freedom. The goal is to have this system implemented in all aspects of life. It will determine how and if you travel, where you work and access to public or private services based on your score. It’s essentially government mandated control of everyone and everything.
I would like to rant about how Communism as a whole is one of the most dangerous ideologies ever to exist, although I’ll save that for another post. The truth about China is that they follow the same dangerous doctrines of Communism and it plays with their social credit system well (for those in power). What they’re doing is straight out of Nineteen Eighty-Four. The potential for abuse is huge and the Chinese government has a history of suppressing dissidents and those who disagree with their strange obsession with conformity. The combination of mass surveillance and this social credit system allow the government to make thoughtcrime a reality. If you don’t get punished for thoughtcrime by the government, you’ll be punished socially by businesses and those around you. People will reject you and your social credit will affect everything in your life. It will create social pariahs and further the Chinese government’s goal of creating hive-mind citizenry.
Humiliation and oppression
The Chinese government publicly shames and humiliates people that don’t conform to social standards in the areas they are testing their program. They have displayed jaywalkers on giant public TV screens, posted information about ‘untrustworthy’ people online and continually humiliate those who struggle to keep their credit score up. This humiliation is based on reports from others and creates the potential for those reports to be greatly misconstrued. Don’t like your neighbor? Submit a false report about their bad social behavior. Blackmail? Easy, especially if you’re in a higher class or position of power. The Chinese social credit system will most definitely be highly abused by those that are able to take advantage of it. The Chinese government already has a history of persecuting those they deem unfit for Communist rule and forcing them into re-education camps. The future pretty much writes itself for China unless the people stand up.