(Tea Party 247) – We have been following China’s very creepy social credit system and the way they are using technology to oppress their citizens fr some time.
In Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, the citizens were kept in check by “telescreens,” interactive screens and cameras that monitored their every move. They were kept in check when they left their houses with a series of cameras placed all over the place, but there were still ways to evade them.
The technology has evolved since his imaginings of a tyrannical, totalitarian government, and we now live in a world where the technology exists to literally monitor someone’s every move, should a government like China desire, and most particularly, their online activity.
Soon, Chinese citizens will be forced to pass a facial recognition test to use the Internet in just the latest expansion of their disturbing social credit system.
“At present, a Chinese citizen will need to show his or her ID card while applying for a landline or the internet,” reports the Daily Mail. “The facial-recognition test is set to verify that the ID card belongs to the applicant.”
The social credit score system subjects Chinese citizens to punishment for such behavior as criticizing the government, or, as Paul Joseph Watson explains, many other offenses, such as:
– Bad driving.
– Smoking on trains.
– Buying too many video games.
– Buying too much junk food.
– Buying too much alcohol.
– Calling a friend who has a low credit score .
– Having a friend online who has a low credit score.
– Posting “fake news” online.
– Visiting unauthorized websites.
– Walking your dog without a leash.
– Letting your dog bark too much.
In August, the Communist state bragged about how it had prevented 2.5 million “discredited entities” from being able to purchase plane tickets and 90,000 people from buying high-speed train tickets.
People in the west are already being banned by entire websites and services due to their opinions.
Given that Silicon Valley has aided China in helping develop its social credit system, how long before they’re banned from using the Internet altogether?