"Karma" system in China has deprived millions of people the opportunity to travel

According to the Associated Press, the system of social approval in China has stopped millions of potential travelers in the past year, not allowing them to buy a plane ticket or a train. Chinese courts have forbidden to carry out 17 sorties, 5 million times and leave the train 5, 5 million times in 2018. Those who have tried to implement these purchases were stopped due to the fact that they are in the black list of offenses committed within the framework of social behavior. Another 128 people were unable to leave the country because of unpaid taxes.

The report of the National Public Information Center of approval also states that the government collected more than 14 million data "unreliable behavior" in the past year, for example, in connection with loans outstanding, or false advertising.

How does social approval system in China

The system was launched in 2014 and is currently supervised by local authorities throughout China. It should deploy throughout the country by 2020 and ensure that every citizen and social assessments of the company. The purpose of the system - the promotion of trust behavior through the system "carrot and stick", or punishment and reward. Social "crime" may include non-payment of taxes or fines, as well as drug use. Penalties include restrictions on travel, business, or access to education. The Company may lose access to bank loans or to be excluded from public contracts. Oft-repeated slogan of the scheme says, "Once trust is lost to you, you will encounter constraints everywhere." It looks like a karma system, is not it?

In a liberal Western society, such a system would be very controversial and could be a regime of surveillance using AI that violates human rights. But how strange it is for China? Surprisingly, many citizens welcomed it as a way to combat fraud and violations of public health.

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