China’s Orwellian Social Credit Score Isn’t Real

Blacklists and monitoring systems are nowhere close to Black Mirror fantasies.

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By Jamie Horsley

China’s sweeping, data-driven “social credit” initiative is sounding alarms. In a speech on Oct. 4, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence described it as “an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every…

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