More left-wing journalists are waking up to the fact that unaccountable Silicon Valley corporations are ranking Americans with a system that bears a growing resemblance to China’s totalitarian “social credit” system — almost a year after Breitbart Tech pointed out the same thing.
China’s “social credit” system assigns citizens with a “score” based on good or bad behavior, which is in part determined by one’s compliance with Beijing’s totalitarian communist value system. Those who fall below a certain score are excluded from basic services. There’s no escape, either; to track everyone’s behavior, China subjects its citizens to mass surveillance, powered by a network of facial recognition cameras all across the country. Chinese citizens literally can’t escape their social credit score — low scores blocked 23 million Chinese citizens from traveling via train or airplane in less than one year, as reported by the Guardian.
In an article for Engadget, left-wing writer Violet Blue notes that big tech companies have developed a system that is remarkably similar to China’s, ranking the behavior of users — and arbitrarily kicking them off their services — according to Silicon Valley’s own set of subjective values, including what it considers to be “conscientious” and “open” behavior. She takes particular aim at Airbnb: read more