The Civic Credit System

The Civic Credit System

​The Civic Credit System was first implemented by authoritarian governments in parts of Asia. The technology initially encompassed GPS technology built into handheld devices such as phones or smart watches, and systematically analyzed all information researched on the internet by the user. Eventually the system logged locations, mapping the individual from home to work, to parks, towns and shopping centers, recorded conversations, stored email and message metadata to determine if a person was a threat. A points system was awarded to the citizen, which dictated the level of education and health they were permitted, or where they could travel and work. By the end of the roll out, GPS locations can feed a person’s information to officials within seconds, and even screen their image on billboards to alert the public when they are nearby. What started off as a marketing strategy to tailor advertising to the individual, the Civic Credit System can now flag a person deemed “risky” for arrest.

Posted on May 18, 2022 in Glossary by Aral Bereux

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