EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The rise of 'social credit' and Big Tech's role...students react
- The Chinese government is implementing a national reputation system known as a "social credit score."
- Could a similar system be implemented in America and if so, what would be the effects?
- Campus Reform asked students at UCLA to react.
The communist government in China is developing a national reputation system, known as the "social credit" system, that is anticipated to affect every aspect of Chinese society by 2020. And, according to Fast Company, technology in the U.S. is enabling the creation of a similar social credit system based on data obtained by technology titans such as Facebook, Instagram, and Google.
In China, the implementation of a social credit score not only impacts citizens' privacy but also their social status. Similar to a financial credit score, individuals begin with an initial score. From there, points are added or deducted depending on one's actions, which are monitored by China's expansive surveillance state. In China, negative actions are often met with forms of public shaming, including blacklisted citizens' photos being broadcast on TikTok and their personal information appearing on WeChat.