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Social Credit: Be Sure Your “Sins” Will Find You Out

On this episode of the Epoch Podcast we discuss China’s social credit system and the surprising similarities with credit history in the US. Is it as bad as it sounds?

the Epoch Podcast 013: Social Credit: Be Sure Your

Topics we get into:

  • Reasoning behind the social credit system in China
  • How our credit history started in the US
  • Doxxing and how social media history affects our credibility
  • High-level explanation of China’s social credit system
  • A misunderstood point of social credit restrictions
  • Peer pressure as a weapon
  • A personal story of lack of credit
  • Lack of decorum culture/good social norms – social credit as a way of self-policing
  • David has a Spanish moment connecting China to his home country of Costa Rica
  • The reality of a surveillance state
  • China’s history of changing its mind/trying things out
  • What’s different in the US – “privacy”, social consequences… addicted to our social behavior
  • Rongcheng
  • NSA, Google, Amazon – illusion of choice
  • Is Facebook worse than China sensoring
  • Convenience vs privacy
  • Value of data/power centralization
  • Social credit/timebanking coming to the us
  • Blockchain and the ownership of data
  • What we did before welfare and the negative energy that it creates/the crappy effect on charity
  • The negative feedback loop
  • A more invasive monitoring than just digital facial recognition that’s going on
  • Human right of being in control?
  • Data as amoral
  • Religion as a panopticon?

Our Posts for This Episode

Austin | Decentralizing the Socialist Quandry
Jen | What is Social Credit and What is it Good for?
Tico & Tina | Do We All Need an Eye in the Sky? Exploring China’s Social Credit
Matt |
Kat | Social Credit: Time to Get Your Head Out of the Sand

Resource/s Mentioned

Black Mirror “Nosedive” episode
motorbike podcast on social credit in China
DuckDuckGo
Andrew Yang
EarthNow
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman


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