In China, a Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society - "The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool" Stephen King #Dystopia #Technoskeptic #Bravenewworld #Future

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“For the Chinese Communist Party, social credit is an attempt at a softer, more invisible authoritarianism. The goal is to nudge people toward behaviors ranging from energy conservation to obedience to the Party. Samantha Hoffman, a consultant with the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London who is researching social credit, says that the government wants to preempt instability that might threaten the Party. “That’s why social credit ideally requires both coercive aspects and nicer aspects, like providing social services and solving real problems. It’s all under the same Orwellian umbrella.””

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“The consequences can be severe. When Xie Wen, the founder of a corporate entertainment firm, was placed on the list after a dispute with another company, banks cut him off, rendering him unable to pay employees and hampering his ability to seek legal redress. Being “discredited” tainted his name and business partners abandoned him.
“I felt like I was being tortured, mentally and physically,” he said. “It’s a psychological burden that will stick to you for quite a few years.”
Mr. Xie paid a sum of money ordered by the court and was removed from the blacklist.
In the eyes of social-credit supporters, that makes him a success story.”

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