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Most Frightening Thing You will read today November 26, 2018

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime.

I’m not even kidding.

What do you get when you cross the worst aspects of social media, people’s actual lives and giant, centralized databases?
The outcomes are already playing out. Certain cities in China have been piloting the country’s social credit score system – a system that’s due to be fully up and running by 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday (the plan is dated 18 July).

One of the many repercussions of such a system is that people get blacklisted for not paying off their debts when a court thinks they’re capable of doing so, regardless of what the debtor says.

The ID photos, names and numbers of blacklisted people are displayed on billboards throughout the city, and they’re then barred from booking flights or high-speed trains (considered “luxury” travel) and blocked from staying in hotels. By the end of May, people with bad credit in China had been blocked from booking more than 11 million flights and 4 million high-speed train trips, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.

Think of how Social Media has ruined some people’s lives.

NPR reports that the government is keeping track of all of this with the help of designated “watchers.”

These are people who keep track of goings-on in their neighborhoods. And they keep track of neighbors’ behavior and update people’s scores.

What could go wrong?

With pieces of such a vast system of surveillance already in place, it’s hard to imagine anybody can escape, and that means that the state can punish anybody it wants, with ease.

Political dissidents? Ethnic minorities? Jaywalkers? Toilet paper hoarders?

Check, check and check: vast databases, linked together, enable states to find them, name them, shame them, fine them, or to persecute them. That’s why it’s called Big Data: the oceans of data being linked together are wide and all-inclusive. The repercussions can be deep.

You need to read the whole thing:

That Black Mirror episode with the social ratings? It’s happening IRL


1. Sobek - November 26, 2018

Check out how cute this is: Lucas the Spider.

2. Sobek - November 26, 2018

I just found this tonight. My baby girl loves it. There are a bunch of these.

3. lauraw - November 27, 2018

This really is terrifying, Geezer. Power corrupts.

4. Retired Geezer - November 27, 2018

Can you imagine the SJW’s in charge of the monitoring?
This is already happening in China.
I’ve never seen “Black Mirror” but apparently they have an episode that predicted this exact situation.

5. Will - November 30, 2018

Oddly enough, there was an episode of The Orville (that Seth MacFarlane Star Trek spoof/homage/thing) that dealt with something very similar. Your value to random alien society of the week was based entirely on the up/down votes of other people.

6. Retired Geezer - November 30, 2018

Thanks for the input, Will.

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