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The Social Web And The Digital Panopticon

I don’t much care for modern “yellow peril” stories. Such stories rely on the fact that China is a foreign country with a billion and a half people in it that still reflexively scares Americans.

It makes it very easy to write alarmist “trend pieces” where a few headlines get blown up into a story about how a whole country is filled with drivers intentionally killing pedestrians they hit to avoid lawsuits or whatnot.

Even so, I approve for the most part of the coverage of China’s Social Credit System, with the government paying tech companies to scour through everything they can find of a citizen’s financial and professional history, use secret-sauce algorithms to turn that history into a flat numerical score, and then make that score available to the general public for the purpose of everyone being able to judge everyone else.

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