Hangzhou’s local government is piloting a “social credit” system the Communist Party has said it wants to roll out nationwide by 2020, a digital reboot of the methods of social control the regime uses to avert threats to its legitimacy.
So, imagine our shock, following China’s massive censorship efforts over the last few weeks surrounding Xi’s successful push to become emperor for life, when China said this week it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.
Tip of the Hat to Berto Jongman.
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Phi Beta Iota: This is actually much more clever than the US solution, which consists of expanding the budget of the Department of Homeland Security toward putting both Transportation Security Administration officers “spot checking” citizens at bus stops and train terminals, and putting G4S scanners at every street corner.