Chinese Pirates are Facing Lifelong 'Social Credit' Downgrade

Posted by Zarathustra 4:21 PM (CST)

Friday February 03, 2017

As we originally reported on back in December, China has a new creepy system that utilizes big data and assigns all of their citizens a "Social Credit" score based on their activities. According to The Register this system is now planned to be used to assign those pirating content online a lifelong lower score.

I've never watched Black Mirror, but maybe I should...

The controversial "social credit score" is being devised by the government in partnership with internet companies and rollout is planned for 2020. It echoes Black Mirror's "Nosedive" dystopia, a tyranny where low-graded citizens are denied access to services. The difference is that in the fictional tyranny, people rate each other, while the Chinese social credit system collates information from a variety of sources including minor traffic offences.