For John, BLUF: This is about the Chinese Social Credit System. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is the sub-headline:
“will be used to reward or punish people and organisations for “trustworthiness” across a range of measures”
From Legal Insurrection, by Mr Mike LaChance, 24 November 2018.
Here is the lede:
China is planning an authoritarian system which will essentially reward people for good behavior and punish others with difficulty based on a points system. And if you think this sounds like something that will happen in the distant future, guess again. Beijing is planning to begin implementation in 2020.There is more at the link.
I have seen reports on this "Social Credit" system that say it will never happen. That ignores the fact that Google is helping out. And it ignores the fact that China has a different understanding of individual freedom and of social cohesion. For example, the Chinese have a "diplomatic hold" on an American woman and her two children, because they are looking for the estranged husband.
On top of that, China will want other nations to follow its lead. This would not be a good thing for individual freedom, as we Americans understand it.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff