IT-Backed Authoritarianism

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1. “IT-Backed Authoritarianism”

If you want to know where Google’s social-engineering aspirations are headed, you don’t need to look to the future. Look to China’s “social credit system,” a merger of Western-style financial credit scores with a more nebulous and politicized measure of a citizen’s orderliness—and political loyalty.

Here’s an overview which emphasizes the all-encompassing nature of the social credit system and the role of private companies in establishing this “IT-backed authoritarianism.”

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