The „Social Credit System“ is designed to monitor and rate citizens and companies in China and to guide their behavior. „It is a wide-reaching project that touches on almost all aspects of everyday life,“ the authors Mareike Ohlberg, Bertram Lang and Shazeda Ahmed write in the MERICS China Monitor „Central Planning, local experiments: the complex implementation of China’s Social Credit System“.
The authors analyze the current stage of the system’s implementation and they describe how it will likely function in practice. Their analysis is based on government publications, discussions in media and social networks, as well as pilot projects.
The authors arrive at the following main findings and conclusions: