Governments increasingly linking ID systems with “social credit” systems

Orwell’s famous book 1984 imagined a future world in which government identifies and monitors the behavior and lifestyle of every subject.

Increasingly, the world’s governments are implementing the very controls foreseen by Orwell.

The Chinese government, for example, is now implementing technology that will link facial recognition surveillance with the government’s “social credit” systems.

The social credit system seeks to identify and rank every person according to their loyalty to the state. Persons who obey and comply with every government command have the highest social credit, while those who defy or resist the state are ranked at the bottom.

The ranking system brings privileges for those who are considered most loyal to the government; while those considered less loyal find themselves last in line for housing, transportation and education.