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What is China’s Social Credit System and What Does it Mean for Online Identity?

– Selfkey

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 8 April 2020

The team from Selfkey review China’s Social Credit System that was supposed to come into effect nationwide this year, and suggest ramifications for digital identity and digital rights

The Selfkey team first explain the differences between citizen, business and government official credit systems and the trials that have been rolled out sporadically across China, before launching their own analysis of the Social Credit System (SCS). They warn:

"Online identity is something that is already incredibly fragile in China right now. When the SCS comes into effect, any personal control is gone. ... Once the SCS is in place, dissent becomes nearly impossible."

The Selfkey team note a national version of the SCS has yet to be seen, but could expand existing systematic surveillance of online activity. The team expresses concern that  widespread surveillance will only discourage dissent and make it nearly impossible for citizens or businesses to earn redemption.

Under the SCS, the government watches your every move both online and offline. Online identity is public, and can be used against you if you make a wrong decision in the eyes of the government

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