How China is pressuring its people to be model citizens

Millions of Chinese citizens have been blacklisted by authorities which means that they will be unable to do things like book a flight or a high-speed train ticket.

The blacklisting is part of a pilot scheme to rate the trustworthiness of China’s citizens.

[…] Actions that can now harm one’s personal credit record include not showing up to a restaurant without having cancelled the reservation, cheating in online games, leaving false product reviews, and jaywalking.[…]

[…] Most pilot cities have used a points system, whereby everyone starts off with a baseline of 100 points. Citizens can earn bonus points up to the value of 200 by performing “good deeds”

Blacklisted citizens can be publicly shamed and some cities are taking it to extremes.

[…] Several provinces have been using TV and LED screens in public spaces to expose people. In some regions authorities have remotely personalised the dial tones of blacklisted debtors so that callers will hear a message akin to: “the person you are calling is a dishonest debtor.”

It is very much a Big Brother is watching you system where everything can be monitored including social media.

It is scary stuff and reminds me of a movie where a person has their identity erased from the system by the government so there is no record of their existence, no birth certificate, no work records and no bank account. How long will it be before the power of this new system is used by the Chinese government to harm a citizen’s credit record if they express political views that they deem to be unacceptable?

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