China’s communist government is implementing a “social credit” scorecard in order to control more than a billion people. This is accomplished by surveillance using facial recognition, body scanning, and tracking. Smartphone apps monitor daily behavior. Anyone who is critical of the government will be classified as discredited. This is the goal of all collectivist systems.
Chinese authorities have been using a “social credit” system that rates citizens to determine if they may purchase plane or train tickets. The system rates users on personal characteristics, behavior and preference, social relationships. It draws data from a person’s shopping history, use of free time, and complaints from others. It has the appearance of being impartial and based on public demand but, in reality, it is merely a sophisticated method of engineering human behavior.
Researchers from MIT want to change urban planning and local zoning laws, throwing out rules in favor of a technology-based system, using algorithms and blockchain, that assigns ‘tokens’ or points for the desired social behavior. They propose a sliding scale for housing, to make neighborhoods “vibrant,” instead of allowing people to live where they choose. [The points system is reliant on invasive data collection and can be used to modify behavior, like China’s social credit score program.]