China is testing a new plan to urge its citizens to do more good and be more trustworthy – the Social Credit System. It’s kind of like the American credit score, except it tracks far more than financial transactions. It tracks good — and bad — deeds.
中国正在测试一项新计划，敦促其公民做得更好，更值得信赖 – 社会信用体系。这有点像美国的信用评分，除了它远远不止记录金融交易，它还记录好事和坏事。
Part of the system is a neighbor watch program that’s being piloted across the country where designated watchers are paid to record people’s behaviors that factor into their social credit score. A high score could bring you lower interest loans and discounted rent and utility bills, but if your score is low, you can be subjected to public shaming or even banned from certain kinds of travel, life gets hard.
China’s economy has exploded over the past decades, economic reforms required banks to be able to evaluate individuals looking to borrow money to buy houses or start new businesses. Fraud and excess borrowing were rampant because most people didn’t really have much of a credit history. To measure its citizens’ trustworthiness, in 2014, The State Council laid out a plan that aims to build a centralized database to evaluate individuals and organizations based on their financial and social behaviors.
The program is scheduled to be nationwide by 2020, which means every Chinese citizen will be tracked, scored, and receive perks and restrictions accordingly.
VICE News went to a village in one of the first pilot cities to see how the local office funnels the behaviors of 3,000 residents in this neighborhood into social credit scores.
jen yen Koh : This feels like those Sci Fi Dystopia future where Govt uses technology to control every aspect of individual. So in long run people are being nice not because they want to cos they are force to.
Mariyam : I worry about how this system would be implemented on discriminated minorities, like the Uyghurs. Wouldn’t you lose credit for practicing your religon?
prinsessa : This eerily resembles Black Mirror’s Nosedive
Erik de Zwaan : if china is true it will use BLOCKCHAIN to track all goverment activities… if china can get peoples trust this strange system might work. People need a dictator / leviathan but he needs to be logical and philosophical advanced.
The asiatic Lion : Black mirror
Erik de Zwaan : Very intresting. Is this a forebode? In europe our freedom is also being fliushed away. I think it is a normal proces. Between brave new world and 1984. It may sound idiotic but our true god is gonna be a machine… and we will be his angels.. whom will be send to hell if our scores are too low. There are to many people and freedom is a vague concept.. atleast iam free in my head… maybe i will move to china..
Donna Llaguno : Encourages fakeness and putting on a persona just to be a goody-two-shoes
D Dorcha Graine : Being honest most of you people here on the Internet are bland mindless sheep, with barely any sense of honor or integrity. Or sense of right and wrong.
yuqing2006 : “Kino’ Journey”. Watch the episode where he is in a country with a point system. The president’s goal since he was a child was to accumulate enough points so one day he can kill a man and not go to jail.
Ian Macbeth : One day they will restrict people from buying food if their score is too low..
Bacons Strip : Seems like an incredibly easy system to game.
Adam Covers : Black Mirror…. Soon, their Social Credit score will become their currency and Chinese people will become the most Fake people on the planet. And they won’t realize it the whole country will be too deep into the rabbit hole and that will be the end. There’s no point in me saying “Wake up, China!!!” because no Chinese person is going to be able to read this comment.
Chief M’Baku : The west is in moral and economic decline, and think they can lecture the Chinese who have been a great power and civilisation long before Europeans learnt to have regular body wash. The system will ensure their villages do not turn into lawless ghettos.
V M : Bloody effing Weird & Scary.. Chinese people were already mindless state drones.. One more tweak of evil will do just the trick
Soorya Narayan : So wrong on all levels..no personal freedom…making people conform to a particular
It’s fissy : seems kind of shitty that they call this a Social Credit System but yet the only retribution possible is by spending money to gain your social status back. seems kind of shady lowkey.
daniella locatis : Is this the nosedive episode from black mirror
Gedders G : It is pretty moving how the people embrace it since they feel it helps create a better community, I feel sorry for the people who are wrongfully punished though. Imagine that man at the end being put in the same catagory as someone who cracked his Wife’s head open in a domestic, just seems mental.
Voxel Spark : It’s more than a little unsettling that Vice is covering this as if being a slave to an ever watchful government is a good thing. People have to understand that imperfect beings, i.e. humans, cannot create and sustain perfect systems like this; even if this system starts as a noble good it will eventually be used for evil as every system preceding it has been.
Oda Kauffman : Even as people say China is dominating the world economy. They’ll fail at maintaining domestic issues if systems like these are put in place.
Gordon Styles : Why such a cynical tone. I have lived in China for 13 years, I am British, a businessman. I have built a factory here. After so many years of working with the Chinese, you realise that a system like this is the only way that you can actually get them motivated to do the right thing. Westerners should not look down upon systems like this unless they actually know the people that it’s designed for. I love China, great spirit of the people, they’re going to take over the world. Better get used to it.
hank pun : I always remind myself to do good and especially Random acts of kindness. I bet my social points will be through the roof if I live in China.
bình phạm : this system is just as ridiculous as the school system, oh no the school is taking over the world!
Donkey Kong : Good social research to improve behaviors.
Quimper111 : Horror made reality
YPH army : as someone with depression and social anxiety, i can see myself going insane from this type of system.
Mia DoubleZeroSeven : Aren’t they LOSING money by not allowing people to buy train or plane tickets?
Brandon Near : To praise his virtues…. HMMM, Virtues or to be virtuous, what does this word mean? It means; having or showing high moral standards. HMMMM, morality can be considered righteousness which means you’re acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin. What a load of crap coming from a government that acts the opposite to how they expect their citizens to be.
WHERE IS THE LAMB Sauce : oh my god black mirror is turning into a real thing now
Me The Me : Americas social score system has already begun.
Dorin Tudose : Well I believe they need that
Moonglow : This is more than cruel. More than inhuman. This will make god very angry.
BOSSMAN : there’s a possibility this can happen everywhere in the world
Ahmed A : They brought slavery
Roman Legionnaire : Meritocracy originated in China, Only pure Meritocracy can be found in China, monolingual westerners will never understand the powerful bilingual cognitive capacity of asians. If you stuck in a situation where one will be saved and the other one dies, between you and an animal, a westerner will save an anima while you will die, this is the true nature of Westerners, they cannot be trusted, they deserve the lowest social credit as much as possible.
Ana Banana : I want to get paid to be a rat. fun job. I’m serious.
Vinnie Krieger : In days of old, China used the granny brigade to monitors the goings-on in their communities. Today, it’s still the same old, same old, except now it’s computerized and more far reaching. So glad my parents hi-tailed it out of there to Canada. I’m sure we are all being surveilled somehow but, hopefully not to this extend in my lifetime anyway.
Timothy Clark : this is exactly what leftists like vice want in the US.
WhoIsAmaze : very very interesting!!
chawn2112 : For a country with little to no moral standards, this is pretty good.
Dan Moran : Police state. Keep this away from the west!
Amulek Yu : When these people are going to wake up that government is meant to serve citizens instead of enslave them
ivan tan : There are pros and cons in everything. Abuse of such system can bring much harm in more ways than 1. Most chinese is spoke with support this system because they bear no ill will or want to cause any harm unto others. They feel safer with this system in place. If the world has this system, you wont have idiots like the orange mushroom turd in the wh.
Meaghan Halkett : How do the sick elderly and disabled function there? What if they can only work part time and require medication to survive? Are they completely ostracised from society and left to die? Or do they just get their organs harvested since they are worth more money to the system that way?
lizadonrex : You got a trophy by return the wallet, that show something really wrong in China.
Redwing Blackbird : They already have this in the U.S. Its called background checks, but you can’t increase your score after you get a background.
superfuresh : The perfect system. If only we could bring it to the US. Too many scum bags. This will separate the scumbags from the good and will help create good neighbgohood for the good and thendcumbags can go live together in their crap neighborhoods
4-UP : I’d rather spend the night in the Serengeti than ONE MOMENT in china, if I step in China GOT MY DATA, PICTURE, RETINA SCAN, BODY SCAN & DNA WHILE A CAMERA WITH SOMEBODY BEHIND IT JUST LOOKING….WHILE IM WALKING HOME FROM WORK WITH NO SHOES BECAUSE SHOES COST EXTRA….
slee : I see a lot of poorly behaved beings in the comment section worrying this might happen to them in the future. hm…. I think all of us have seen enough of poorly behaved tourists from China. This system is designed to solve this issue. If you are not happy about it, I have no word. I like it personally. If you can’t behave abroad, don’t even bother to buy a plane ticket. Not to mention those who borrowed money yet refuse to pay back. It is simple. All other comments here are suggesting that this system would evolve into something tremendously evil. I guess the paranoid are letting imagination run wild. The system is flawed but effective immediately. It needs to be modified but the idea behind it is impressive
Skt Brown : this systems is necessary, to teach mainlanders not to defecate in public, not to swarming food buffet like animals, and to learn simple basic manners and etiquette when go abroad.