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What's your citizen 'trust score'? China moves to rate its 1.3 billion citizens

By: Amulya Shankar, PRI's The World
November 10, 2017 Updated: November 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm
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Members of an honor guard march as they prepare for a welcome ceremony for visiting U.S. President Donald Trump outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Take George Orwell’s 1984. Now sprinkle in that episode of "Black Mirror" where characters live in a world in which every aspect of their lives is dominated by ratings.

That’s one way to think about the Social Credit System, a plan that the Chinese government will make mandatory for all its citizens by 2020.

It’s like a credit score system, but instead of just financial information, this one will also pull together a person's political leanings, purchase history and even their social interactions to calculate their "trust score."

Chinese officials say it’s a way to influence their citizens’ behavior to benefit society and move their country forward, but others think it’s just the latest step in the country’s long history of state surveillance.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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