The dictator of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, is infamous both for his brutality and for imposing a ridiculous personality cult that includes portraying himself as a prolific writer, virtuoso musician, sharp shooter, achieved athlete, and, lately, great golfer.
The following piece by Wired is a must-read:
"Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens." The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents