Citizen Scoring – Might the Chinese system be a solution for Germany?
Whether it is crossing a red traffic light, buying too many video games or being related to the “wrong” people on social media nothing stays hidden from the camera and everything will affect your score. China is ranking its citizens, rewarding them for system conform behaviour and punishing them if they do not follow the rules.
And that score is far more than some numbers.
It can affect your chances of getting into certain universities and achieving certain positions, determine how long you will have to wait for a doctor’s appointment, how much public services cost you. It can even ban you from traveling to other countries, denying you a visa if your score turns out to be not high enough.
What might sound to critics like some dystopian tool of mass surveillance just like Orwell`s 1984 has already become reality for millions of Chinese.
By the time it becomes mandatory in 2020 everyone will get a score.
While some view it as a severe violation of personal freedom, many in China have a much more positive understanding, seeing it more as an educational tool: They see it more like an educational program, They feel like it is, in fact, making them better people and helping them form a competitive society future. Those who cannot life up to the system’s social protocol will be left behind along the way.
China might be the first country to openly introduce a Social Credit system for their citizens but the reality is that they are not the only ones. German Schufa and recent efforts of insurances to monitor their client’s health could hint at more of an international development. What could be possible benefits of parenting governments, how advanced is the technology in that field and what are potential risks, especially regarding human rights?