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Wall Street Journal: China’s New Tool for Social Control: A Credit Rating for Everything
Beijing wants to give every citizen a score based on behavior such as spending habits, turnstile violations and filial piety, which can blacklist citizens from loans, jobs, air travel.
HANGZHOU, China—Swiping her son’s half-fare student card through the turnstile here one Monday afternoon, Chen Li earned herself a $6 fine and a reprimand from a subway-station inspector for not paying the adult fare.
A notice on a post nearby suggested more-dire consequences. It warned that infractors could be docked points in the city’s “personal credit information system.” A decline in Ms. Chen’s credit score, according to official pronouncements, could affect her daily life, including securing loans, jobs and her son’s school admission.
“I’m sure if it comes up, I can explain,“ Ms. Chen said, saying she picked up the card accidentally. “It was unintentional.”
Hangzhou’s local government is piloting a “social credit” system the Communist Party has said it wants to roll out nationwide by 2020, a digital reboot of the methods of social control the regime uses to avert threats to its legitimacy.
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Update: China Wants To 'Rank' Its Citizens According To Behaviour (October 27, 2016)
WNU Editor: When I first heard that this is what the Chinese government wanted to do last month .... a chill went through my body. This Chinese Communist social credit system is actually a credit system to punish those who do not comply to the rules of the state .... and to reward those who do. Opposition and non-conformity will no longer be allowed ....and you do not even need a secret police force to enforce it .... your control is via through money and the provision of government services. This is the ultimate form of tyranny.