Grand Polemics Art of Mind Meeting #9

China's Social Credit System

January 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tristan Lauber Studio 4848A ave. du Parc, Montreal, qc H2V 4E6
Moderator: Geoff Brown
Evaluator: Geoff Brown

China's Social Credit System

The Chinese government has begun rolling out a set of reputation-tracking technologies called the Social Credit System. It uses high-tech surveillance, facial recognition and data mining to track the minute daily activities of citizens and business in order to score them on their behaviour. Those who maintain high scores will receive privileges like travel upgrades, preferential access to schooling and jobs, and higher social status, while those with low scores will have reduced access or could even be blacklisted. This might sound Utopian, but the system is already being used to punish debtors, and critics of the government. Is this system really designed to encourage good behaviour, or is it a system of control to encourage conformity, suppress the downtrodden and punish dissenters? What are the pros and cons of such reputation-tracking systems? How can we encourage better behaviour and citizenship without giving our government the power to over-reach?


5 min 6:00pm - 6:05pm
Business Session
Geoff Brown 5 min 6:05pm - 6:10pm
China's Social Credit System
Geoff Brown 95 min 6:10pm - 7:45pm
Geoff Brown 10 min 7:45pm - 7:55pm
Closing Words
Geoff Brown 5 min 7:55pm - 8:00pm
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