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China is testing a 'social credit' system to grade human behavior

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China is reportedly testing a way to compel better behavior, by giving people grades based on their actions.

The national "personal credit information system" could affect many aspects of civilians' lives, The Wall Street Journal reports. The city of Hangzhou is the testing ground for the system that the ruling Communist Party wants to deploy nationwide by 2020. 

Citizens with poor scores may be denied the ability to travel, stay at luxury hotels, use the Internet, acquire loans or even get jobs.

Allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.
Planning documents for social credit system

This comes after President Xi Jinping called for "social governance" in October. Xi called for a "focus on the rule of law and technological innovation" to "prevent all kinds of risks."

It's better than the traditional era, when we had no data and policy was based on the judgment of individuals.
Meng Tianguang, Tsinghua University

This isn't entirely in foreign in China. There's a blacklist in the judiciary system that can prevent people from obtaining certain services after a legal dispute. Another system also blacklists badly-behaved tourists. The neighborhood of Yangjing also maintains a "red" list of good residents and a "gray" list of bad ones.

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