When I saw the video, Paul Joseph Watson: “China’s TERRIFYING Social Credit System”, on Bottomless Coffee, I wondered how much truth there was in it. Seems basically true.
What are we talking about? Well, here is the view from a somewhat more skeptical source.
China’s sweeping, data-driven “social credit” initiative is sounding alarms. In a speech on Oct. 4, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence described it as “an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every facet of human life.” But there’s a small problem. The system doesn’t actually exist—at least as it’s generally portrayed.
It’s not surprising that myths about the system are spreading, given the shrinking space in China for civil society, rights lawyering, speech, investigative journalism, and religious belief; its increasingly ubiquitous, invasive surveillance capability; and the Chinese Communist Party’s push to apply big data and artificial intelligence in governance. China’s party-state is collecting a vast amount of information on its citizens, and its social credit system and other developments internally and overseas raise many serious concerns. But contrary to the mainstream media narrative on this, Chinese authorities are not assigning a single score that will determine every aspect of every citizen’s life—at least not yet. (from here (foreignpolicy.com))
China’s social credit system is suppose to be implemented in 2020. Will it be? Who knows? But aspects of it are already going into place.
China’s social credit system, whether fully implemented or not, obviously has potential for abuse, and the tyrannical regime in China will abuse it. Unfortunately, there is probably little we can do to stop that from happening. In fact, the best thing we can do is figure out how to keep such a thing from happening here.
So what do I suggest? Instead of writing a windy article on the subject, I decided to list some of the articles already out there. Why? I am not in China. So what do I know about what is going on there? Not much. Here? I know a bit more, but I don’t know how to prevent people from being foolish. I have enough problems with “me”. As the man said: “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
- China’s social credit system ‘could interfere in other nations’ sovereignty (theguardian.com): This article focuses on the fact that China will pressure foreign companies to help them make their surveillance system work, that is, gather data and enforce their rules.
- China has a ‘chilling’ system to control everyone (foxnews.com): Here is a simple, brief description of the problem.
- Pushing The Ethical Boundaries Of Big Data: A Look At China’s Social Credit Scoring System (forbes.com): Here is a brief look at some of the ethical issues.
- America Isn’t Far Off From China’s ‘Social Credit Score’ (observer.com): Our government and various corporations are gathering heaps of data about each of us. Is that a good thing? Now? What about ten years from now? To what extent do and will certain companies monopolize the Internet and various products and services? When do they cross the line between serving us and manipulating us?
- As China expands digital surveillance, Facebook and Google risk legitimizing regime (cjr.org): China presents a huge market to American companies. Will they resist the temptation?
- China has started ranking citizens with a creepy ‘social credit’ system — here’s what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you (businessinsider.com): This article focuses on the system of punishments and rewards.
- Blacklists and redlists: How China’s Social Credit System actually works (technode.com): This gets is into the history of the system and meditates on why some people might find the system attractive. Keep in mind that when we do evil we often use the ends to justify the means.
- The odd reality of life under China’s all-seeing credit score system (wired.co.uk): Surveys some of the weirder aspects of the system.
The Bible predicted this sort of thing.
Revelation 13:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has [a]the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
And no, I have no idea which man has the number of the Beast. I just know that accepting that mark is a very bad idea (see Revelation 14:9-11).