China is setting up a vast ranking system that'll monitor the behavior of its huge population, and rank them on the basis of their "social credit."
First announced in 2014, the "social credit system," aims to strengthen the concept that "keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful".
The system is due to go into full operation by 2020 but is being conducted for millions of people already. The scheme is mandatory.
Like private credit scores, an individual's social score can move up and down depending on their behavior. The exact methodology is a secret — but instances of infractions include smoking in non-smoking zones, buying too many video games, bad driving, and posting fake news online.
Here is how the social credit system could affect citizens.
1. Ban from flying or getting the train
China has already commenced punishing people by limiting their travel.
9 million people with low scores have been prevented from buying tickets for domestic flights, Channel News Asia reported in March, quoting official statistics.
They can also clamp down on luxury opportunities — 3 million people are prohibited from getting business-class train tickets.
The eventual system will punish bad passengers particularly. Potential offenses include trying to ride with no ticket, loitering in front of boarding gates, or smoking in no-smoking areas.
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