Shhhh don’t tell the coalition about this

Big Brother is real and he lives in China. With the help of powerful mega-companies like Google, the Communist Chinese government by 2020 plans to introduce a chilling new method of control over its citizens. It is straight out of the covers of a Dystopian novel and it is hard to believe that it is happening in real life. quote.

Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that reportedly links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers—therefore making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor its citizens’ queries.

The app-based project, codenamed Dragonfly, also would remove content deemed sensitive by China’s authoritarian Communist Party regime, including information about freedom of speech, dissidents, peaceful protest and human rights, […] End quote.

Their plan which has already been trialled is to monitor Chinese citizens 24/7 and rank them based on their behaviour. Essentially they will give every citizen a scorecard. Chinese citizens will lose points for doing things like buying what the government considers to be too much alcohol. They will also lose points for minor infractions such as jaywalking and also for speaking out against the government. Other punishable offences include spending too long playing video games, wasting money on frivolous purchases and posting on social media. This is where Google and other mega internet companies come in and where it gets really frightening. Citizens will lose points if they post something that the government deems to be offensive on social media.

It is appalling but not surprising that Google and others are prepared to take away people’s privacy and free speech in exchange for profit but it makes me feel even less safe using Google products.

We have all seen movies where the big state renders a citizen to be a nobody by deleting his bank accounts, his birth certificate and all records of him from the system. Losing points as a citizen in China has real-world consequences. Punishments include being banned from air and train travel and being barred from government jobs.

Imagine the fun the current Labour-led government would have with that kind of power.

China now has access to next-level surveillance thanks to advances in Facial recognition technology, body scanning and geo-tracking. There will be literally nowhere to hide. Quote.

China’s whopping population of 1.4 billion will be monitored 24/7 if the government’s bold plan to introduce “Social Credit” by 2020 is successful. Picture: ABC’s Foreign Correspondent.Source:ABC

[…] Under the social credit scheme, points are lost and gained based on readings from a sophisticated network of 200 million surveillance cameras — a figure set to triple in 18 months.

[…]The data is combined with information collected from individuals’ government records — including medical and educational — along with their financial and internet browsing histories. Overall scores can go up and down in “real time” dependant on the person’s behaviour but they can also be affected by people they associate with.

“If your best friend or your dad says something negative about the government, you’ll lose points too,” the ABC reports.end quote.

The system is clearly designed to isolate people from their friends and their family for refusing to toe the party line. This is the same strategy that some religions and cults use to squash dissent.

Of course, for every Yin there is a Yang and so-called ‘ top citizens’ can earn bonus points with real-world rewards such as quote.

waived deposits on hotels and rental cars, VIP treatment at airports, discounted loans, priority job applications and fast-tracking to the most prestigious universities. end quote.

 


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