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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Am I Being Watched? 👀

Image result for big brother Is there really some secret power that has an eye on us? Is the big brother watching every move we make? Are the governments planning a similar plan to the China's new plan that we know as the "social credit system". If we need to explain what it is China has been up to recently, this is that the Chinese government has been working on a high-tech system that is or will be able to track down people living in their country with every move they make, their choices, their talks, their schedule for work, for family weekend programs and etc. You may question why would a government want to see every single move of it's citizens even if they are not related to crimes or against the law actions or decesions?

The answer might be complicated, or above our understanding but in this blog post, I will try to uncover what might be the ideology behind this high-tech powerful plan. 

     
     China's New Plan: 

"The Social Credit System (Chinese: 社会信用体系; pinyin: shèhuì xìnyòng tǐxì) is a national reputation system being developed by the Chinese government. By 2020, it is intended to standardise the assessment of citizens' and businesses' economic and social reputation, or 'credit'."

"The "social credit system," first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that "keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful," according to a government document. The program is due to be fully operational nationwide by 2020, but is being piloted for millions of people across the country already. The scheme will be mandatory. At the moment the system is piecemeal — some are run by city councils, others are scored by private tech platforms which hold personal data. Like private credit scores, a person's social score can move up and down depending on their behavior. The exact methodology is a secret — but examples of infractions include bad driving, smoking in non-smoking zones, buying too many video games and posting fake news online."



-Yunus E. Vurgun
Sources used:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Credit_System
https://www.businessinsider.com/china-social-credit-system-punishments-and-rewards-explained-2018-4

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