China’s social credit system has been compared to Black Mirror, Arkangel, Big Brother and every other dystopian future sci-fi writers can think up. The reality is more complicated — and in some ways, worse.

China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges — for others, punishment.

“Leave No Dark Corner” is a slogan China’s authorities have long used to root out “unstable elements”. It can equally be applied to Social Credit, which builds on China’s formidable history of surveilling its people.

Ever since China announced that it would be establishing a social credit system by 2020, Western media has generally covered the issue with harsh criticism. Even politicians such as Vice President Pence have chimed in, claiming that “China’s rulers aim to implement an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every facet of human life.”

How would you manage? – Test yourself.


  1. Explain China’s system of “Social Credit”.
  2. Reflect upon China’s policy of “Social Credit”.
  3. Pros and cons about China’s system of “Social Credit”.
  4. Some consider this to be a realistic future dystopia – Discuss.
  5. Some consider this to be a digital dictatorship – Discuss

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