China's "Social Credit" Score Is A Black Mirror Episode Turned Into Reality

The implications are frightening.

China has recently completed an initial trial of what has been referred to as a “social credit” scoring system, and is…

The plan is to create a singular data file on every citizen, comprised of “everything from bank-account numbers to court records to internet-search histories,” as well as things like “consumer behavior, conduct on social networks, and real-world infractions like speeding tickets or quarrels with neighbors.” This database is controlled by the government, and used to create a numeric score, aimed to quantify the virtue, sincerity, or trustworthiness of each citizen. Winning awards could make the score go up, while failing to pay fines, or spending all day playing video games could cause the score to go down.