In Brief
The Chinese government is currently implementing a nationwide electronic system, called the Social Credit System, attributing to each of its 1.3 billion citizens a score for his or her behavior.
  • The system will be based on various criteria, ranging from financial credibility and criminal record to social media behavior. From 2020 onwards each adult citizen should, besides his identity card, have such a credit code.
  • The intentions of the new system are not only economical, fighting fraudulent practices, but also moral. ‘This is a deliberate effort by the Chinese government to promote among its citizens socialist core values” such as patriotism, respecting the elderly, working hard and avoiding extravagant consumption.
  • In the Chinese press the system has been presented as rather limited focusing mostly on financial credibility. But the study shows the government wants to evaluate behavior of its citizens in various other areas as well, with the aim of ‘strengthening and innovating social governance.”