Leave No Dark Corner

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Leave No Dark Corner

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BIG DATA MEETS ‘BIG BROTHER’ IN THIS CHILLING EXPOSÉ ON THE RISE OF CHINA’S DIGITAL DICTATORSHIP

‘Leave No Dark Corner’ is a slogan China’s authorities have long used to root out unstable elements in society. But it equally applies to Social Credit – the dystopian scorecard system China is currently trialling, keeping an evolving trustworthiness score for each of its 1.4 billion citizens – and rewarding or punishing them accordingly.

Combined with 200 million cameras and rapid advances in facial recognition and geo-tracking technology, this new system is highly effective at influencing citizen conduct. But while some are proud of their high credit score, an estimated 10 million people are paying the price for their low rating – some finding themselves barred from travel and social media, others finding even their livelihood at risk.

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Foreign Correspondent
Australian Broadcasting Corporation