China’s “social credit” blacklist keeps millions from booking flights, even keeping pets?

In China, Big Brother is not only watching, he’s trying to make your life miserable, if you buck him.

If the authorities in China decide that you are outside of the norm, or “untrustworthy,” the new social credit system will make it impossible for you to book plane or train tickets, get into certain schools, even to own pets. And who knows what else? The idea is to essentially “bankrupt” (as one Chinese official put it) those who move even slightly against the normative and officially approved grain.

Also the authorities plan on sharing social scores in an effort to “shame” people into compliance.

Sounds fun. A prison with 1.3 billion people in it.

(From The Independent)

The system, to be rolled out by 2020, aims to make it “difficult to move” for those deemed “untrustworthy”, according to a detailed plan published by the government this week…

…A key part of the plan not only involves blacklisting people with low social credibility scores, but also “publicly disclosing the records of enterprises and individuals’ untrustworthiness on a regular basis”.

The plan stated: “We will improve the credit blacklist system, publicly disclose the records of enterprises and individuals’ untrustworthiness on a regular basis, and form a pattern of distrust and punishment.”

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