Millions of Chinese citizens were banned from buying airline tickets last year as the communist regime launches its draconian “social credit score.”
BEIJING (AP) — Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket.
Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial “social credit” system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior.
Before you get cozy, thanking god that you don’t live under communist China rule…
That couldn’t possibly happen in the land of the free, could it?
Actually, it’s already happening.
We don’t have a few all-powerful monoliths like the federal government (or Alibaba) recording everything we do, but most Americans don’t realize how much of their everyday life is being tracked and analyzed.
Right now, data collection companies’ main goal is selling you things. But it isn’t hard to envision how a few changes in the market could produce something like our Chinese friends’ Big Brother experience.
And if you think the NSA hasn’t already been applying a social score to everyone who engages in any digital activity anywhere on the planet, then I have a homophobic racist hate crime in Chicago I want to tell you about.