The Court of Social Credit

China is aiming to keep tabs on its 1.4 million citizens with 200 million CCTV cameras, evaluating even the smallest actions to hand down “social credit” scores. High scores mean better jobs, education and healthcare; low scores can block citizens from travel and obtaining a credit card.

A dozen cities are already piloting the project, with the Communist party’s stated intention of allowing “the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”

Accustomed to government surveillance, some Chinese appreciate the system as part of a harmonious society; for others, low scores leave them “locked out of society.”

ABC News (Australia)

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