It was reported just under one year ago that China is currently in the process of expanding their “social credit” system to block so-called accused wrongdoers from using public transport and planes.
The social credit program has been around since 2014, and has been steadily expanding. According to Wired:
In 2014, the State Council, China’s governing cabinet, publicly called for the establishment of a nationwide tracking system to rate the reputations of individuals, businesses, and even government officials. The aim is for every Chinese citizen to be trailed by a file compiling data from public and private sources by 2020, and for those files to be searchable by fingerprints and other biometric characteristics. The State Council calls it a “credit system that covers the whole society.”
The ideology is rather obscure, doing volunteer work, donating blood and even separating your rubbish into separate bins will boost one’s credit score, where as building up debt or criticising the government on social media can get the person blacklisted, preventing people from buying property, taking out loans and now, travelling as well.
This just brings up the whole Black Mirror episode from the third-season titled “Nosedive,” which showcased a world with such system. The episode was full of bizarre events where star Bryce Dallas Howard was obsessed with her score and even ejected from an airport for having too low a social score to secure a seat on a flight.
Reuters were first to report the policy announcement in two notices posted to China’s National Development and Reform Commission’s website. This move is an extension to President’s Xi Jinping’s ideology of a reformed credit system based upon the principle of “once untrustworthy, always restricted.”