China is planning a social credit rating system that will cover its entire 1.4 billion population. Photo: EPA
Tom Holland
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Abacus by Tom Holland

China’s credit ratings plan: from social media to medium of social control

Online histories will be trawled in a new system to decide the debt-worthiness of 1.4 billion Chinese. If you need a loan, it might be time to unfriend that human rights lawyer – and ‘like’ that Communist Party official

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China is planning a social credit rating system that will cover its entire 1.4 billion population. Photo: EPA
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