- China wants to have a huge database of all the citizens by 2020
- It will be used to calculate the score which will further affect people's lives
- The idea is that the good behavior is awarded while the bad behavior is punished
The Chinese government wants to mark all the people living in the country with some kind of rating that will measure pretty much every aspect of their lives.
The Communist party has this idea of marking people using the data about them available online.
What happens if a person doesn't have a sufficient rating? They could be denied loans, travel, or some other rights.
The goal is to create a huge database where all the info about companies and individuals will be stored in one place. From there, it won't be too hard to determine everyone's 'credit' in political, legal, and social terms.
The score will be the objective truth about who you are and determine many life aspects - where your children will go to school, whether you can get a loan, which room you will get in a hotel, which seat at a restaurant, etc.
This is definitely not the first dystopian idea in history, but it might actually become real very soon. Apparently, the Chinese government plans to implement it by 2020.
It's still unknown how this plan is supposed to work. We don't know how the score will be calculated. However, the basic idea is that 'good' will be awarded while 'bad' will be punished.
If this sounds like 'Big Brother' to you, you're not alone. Murong Xuecun, the novelist and social commentator living in Beijing, said that this reminds him of George Orwell's famous book: "China is moving towards a totalitarian society, where the government controls and affects individuals' private lives. This is like Big Brother, who has all your information and can harm you in any way he wants."