What is Social Credit Score? Fears of Chinese ‘invention’ making inroads in America rise online

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Since 2014, China has worked tirelessly to implement a rigorous social credit system that monitors, rewards and punishes citizens, based on their degree of compliance with government standards. On the other hand, the United States is restrained from imposing social credit criteria on Americans due to its constitutional freedoms and representative legislation. Now, the sense of relief is in jeopardy as some expert analysts believe this fine-grained social credit system could come to America, not via governments but the private sector – primarily banks, insurance companies and tech companies.

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Has it already started? On May 24, 2022, J Michael Evans, chairman of Chinese e-commerce and technology company Alibaba, announced at the World Economic Forum (WEF) that their company was developing an “individual carbon footprint tracker”. Evans said: “We are developing, through technology, an ability for consumers to measure their own carbon footprint.” This program would work to cultivate data about individuals on “where do they travel, how do they travel, what do they eat, what do they consume”. Since then, the WEF has also talked about companies like Doconomy, which has partnered with Mastercard to create a single credit card that can track the carbon footprint of all your purchases, including food and travel, and reduce your expenses when you reach a certain personal threshold. emissions limit.

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What is the “social credit score”?

China’s social credit system is an extreme fusion of government and corporate surveillance that provides citizens with a “score” that can impair their ability to take independent action. The system can prevent them from taking actions such as booking a flight, acquiring property or taking out loans, buying a vehicle, etc. based on their behavior and their understanding of the law.

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The scope of these partitions is vast. Financial institutions will be responsible for tracking activities such as behaviors, spending, etc., and rewarding citizens if the score is impressive and they comply with the overall program.

On the other hand, the same institutions hold the power to punish citizens in the form of blocking transactions, adding surcharges or even restricting the use of products. Lin Jinyue, one of the first theoretical designers of the social credit scoring system in China, explained the method in a video shared in a tweet, “Lin Jinyue (one of the first theoretical designers of the social credit scoring system in China) explains why the whole world should adopt it: it’s the best way to keep those annoying people who disagree with the government at bay!”

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Fear grows as America could implement China’s social credit system

Netizens are concerned about the possible implementation of the social credit system in the United States, which could make an individual helpless over their own money. One user wrote, “While most people remained distracted by a so-called virus, your governments were busy bringing about a controlled demolition of the financial system via lockdowns. #WEF #GreatReset.”

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Another user tweeted: “Banks participating in the pilot exercise are Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. In the coming months the Board will provide further details on how the exercise will be conducted and the scenarios that will be used in the pilot.”


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One user tweeted: “What we need to do is step up and continue to insist on autonomy and freedom of privacy. No mandatory identification. We shouldn’t be fataslist – that’s also bad as those who would tell us the only way is from them. We must assert a counter, the Public keep the elect honest. Insist #together.”

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Another user tweeted: “If we allow this to happen there will be no turning back and we will officially live in a communist country. I suggest we make sure this doesn’t happen.”


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