Black Mirror too real in China

Black Mirror too real in China

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You know Black mirror called episode Dive? It depicts a society where people use an app to rate themselves over five stars. Kind of like Uber.

China’s “social credit system” will make you and your schools better. Not only all 1.4 billion Chinese citizens receive a personal score by 2020, determined by facial recognition, artificial intelligence, smart glasses and other state-run technologies – this score will determine where children can go to school.

A high school in Changle County, Shandong Province recently updated its school policy to reflect the new system, according to the public newspaper The Paper. He says he will no longer enroll students whose parents have bad social credit scores. Since its transition to private owners in 2002, it has had to adhere to strict rules on private registration set by local authorities.

“When it comes to people who exhibit serious trust-breaking behavior, private schools must limit their children’s ability to attend private schools with high tuition fees, to practically assume the responsibility of disciplining people with poor credit “, the authorities wrote.

A Chinese journalist is the latest to find out what the government will do to misbehaving citizens. Liu Hu, who was detained for a year at 2013 for defamation, was recently ordered by a court to apologize for a series of tweets he wrote.

The government deemed his apology “insincere” and put him on a list of “untrustworthy people”. The list not only prevented him from buying a plane ticket, but also curtailed his options for housing and education.

“I cannot buy property” he told CBS New York. “My child cannot go to a private school.”

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