Friday, 14 June 2019

China's Naughty And Nice List

In the brilliant Black Mirror there is an episode where citizens earn or lose credits depending on their behaviour and i guess China liked the idea because they are setting up a ranking system system that will monitor the behaviour of its population, and rank them all.
The mandatory program is due to be fully operational by 2020 and infractions include bad driving, smoking in non-smoking zones, buying too many video games, avoiding military service, loitering in public areas, paying bills late and posting fake news online.
A low rating will see you banned from flying or getting the train, your internet speed throttled, your children banned from the best schools, barred from higher education, banned from jobs such as state-owned firms and big banks and see you banned from the top hotels and named and shamed publicly with potential employers urged to check the list of names.
A good rating will see travel applications dealt with quicker, get you more matches on dating websites, discounts on energy bills, rent things without deposits, and get better interest rates at banks.
Amazingly, citizens say it's making them better people but then i guess they would, you don't want to appear on the bad list but rather chillingly, i can see this being rolled out in other countries.
Only a fat man dressed in red and living in Lapland with reindeer should be the owner of such lists. 

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