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OPLIN 4Cast #619: Your social credit may soon determine…everything

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In 2014, the Chinese government announced the implementation by 2020 of a national social credit system. Drawing in diverse data sets (financial credit scores, purchasing activity, court records, other behavioral information), the planned system will have objectives to regulate businesses as well as the behavior of citizens. Some of the early implementations of the system have started to take effect (the Wall Street Journal reported that the system has generated as many as 7 million punishments), and we’re beginning to see some stories of the impact these blacklists are having on people’s lives. These stories raise comparisons to dystopian narratives like 1984 and episodes of Black Mirror so often it has become a cliché, but cliché or not, the trends are alarming.

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