1 - Government oppression 2.0 - Online Citizen Score

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It’s 14th March 2018.

Saw an article earlier this year about China’s proposition to impose an online citizen score.
It would be called the Social Credit System.

Based on what I’ve read and how I’d imagine it to work, basically, the government would require every citizen to submit their social media profiles that would be stored in their national database.
The government would monitor your social media and analyze every post, then place you on some threat level scale.
Citizens would be given a Social Credit score based on their behavior, character, reputation, and trustworthiness online.

This credit score would in turn affect the individual’s real life - job offers, bank loans, mortgage, relationship partners etc.

I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I’m not. Neither is anyone who’s been following the government surveillance trend since 2013.

A lot of these activities are already occurring in the real world.
Looking for a job? You’ll be asked to present your social media accounts for assessment.
Crossing the border? Submit your social media credentials.
Met someone new at a party? Share your WhatsApp/Snapchat/Instagram.

The internet has grown tremendously in the past decade. And everyone was drawn towards and now, addicted to social media. A large number of people spend a considerable time online, sharing their offline world online.

There is little privacy on the internet. Search engines are continuously crawling through people’s social media, companies are building huge databases, collecting user data and selling it off for profit.
Anyone can be found online.
All you need is a name, and a little relevant information.

Now the government’s taking full advantage of this situation. Mass surveillance is almost legally accepted globally. It’s happening as you read this. And no one can stop it.
There are a few organizations and tinfoil hat individuals spreading the message, and trying to stop this abuse of power used to invade people’s fundamental rights to privacy.
Are they winning? Or are they losing?

TOR and VPNs are getting blacklisted and banned by both ISPs and the government at a National level.
There are CCTV cameras everywhere, tracking people’s faces, movements, forming patterns and recording habits.

Now there are buzzwords such as Digital Economy, Digital services, Digital Society Index, digital age, digitization… What the fuck?
The Chinese people should stop dickriding the digital propaganda.

I’ve had enough of this bullshit.
A lot of idiots are so focused on the convenience provided by these services, they forget the repercussions in the long run.
One of the disadvantages of public information is no freedom of speech. When everything you do and say is publicly available for evaluation and judgement, you can’t do what you want or say what you like. Censorship.
Everyone’s watching you. The government’s watching you. And if they don’t like what you have to say, you’re going to experience some terrible situations.
China’s already segragating the muslims from the rest of the Chinese in some areas. If you’re a muslim, they’ve got a camera on your ass, some cops on the lookout, and generally, a sudden disappearance if you’ve been identified as a threat.
Is this racism? Yes. Does the Chink government care if they’re called racists? Nope.

No one’s crying out loud because it’s happening to a minority of people that are generally disliked by the majority.
If it can happen to them, it can happen to you.

With convenience comes great responsibility. In the tech world, I assure you, very few people give a fuck what happens to your data.
Since everything you do online almost has a permanent record, anything you say today can and will be used against you in the future.

I can’t wait for some Chink dictator to brand me racist.
“You say Chink! This is a bad word!”