Orwell's Nightmare Is Here - China Just 'Gamified' Obedience To The State (And Soon It'll Be Mandatory)

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Submitted by Claire Bernish via TheAntiMedia.org,

As if further proof were needed Orwell’s dystopia is now upon us, China has now gamified obedience to the State. Though that is every bit as creepily terrifying as it sounds, citizens may still choose whether or not they wish to opt-in — that is, until the program becomes compulsory in 2020. “Going under the innocuous name of ‘Sesame Credit,’ China has created a score for how good a citizen you are,” explains Extra Credits’ video about the program. “The owners of China’s largest social networks have partnered with the government to create something akin to the U.S. credit score — but, instead of measuring how regularly you pay your bills, it measures how obediently you follow the party line.

In the works for years, China’s ‘social credit system’ aims to create a docile, compliant citizenry who are fiscally and morally responsible by employing a game-like format to create self-imposed, group social control. In other words, China gamified peer pressure to control its citizenry; and, though the scheme hasn’t been fully implemented yet, it’s already working — insidiously well.

Zheping Huang, a reporter for Quartz, chronicled his own experience with the social control tool in October, saying that “in the past few weeks I began to notice a mysterious new trend. Numbers were popping up on my social media feeds as my friends and strangers on Weibo [the Chinese equivalent to Twitter] and WeChat began to share their ‘Sesame Credit scores.’ The score is created by Ant Financial, an Alibaba-affiliated company that also runs Alipay, China’s popular third-party payment app with over 350 million users. Ant Financial claims that it evaluates one’s purchasing and spending habits in order to derive a figure that shows how creditworthy someone is.”

However, according to a translation of the “Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System,” posted online by Oxford University’s China expert, Rogier Creemers, it’s nightmarishly clear the program is far more than just a credit-tracking method. As he described it, “The government wants to build a platform that leverages things like big data, mobile internet, and cloud computing to measure and evaluate different levels of people’s lives in order to create a gamified nudging for people to behave better.”

While Sesame Credit’s roll-out in January has been downplayed by many, the American Civil Liberties Union, among others, urges caution, saying:

“The system is run by two companies, Alibaba and Tencent, which run all the social networks in China and therefore have access to a vast amount of data about people’s social ties and activities and what they say. In addition to measuring your ability to pay, as in the United States, the scores serve as a measure of political compliance. Among the things that will hurt a citizen’s score are posting political opinions without prior permission, or posting information that the regime does not like, such as about the Tiananmen Square massacre that the government carried out to hold on to power, or the Shanghai stock market collapse. It will hurt your score not only if you do these things, but if any of your friends do them.” And, in what appears likely the goal of the entire program, added, “Imagine the social pressure against disobedience or dissent that this will create.”

Social pressure, of course, can be highly effective given the right circumstances. China seems to have found exactly that in the intricate linking of people’s scores to their contacts, which can be seen publicly by anyone — and then upping the ante through score-based incentives and rewards. Rick Falkvinge pointed out a startling comparison:

The KGB and the Stasi’s method of preventing dissent from taking hold was to plant so-called agents provocateurs in the general population, people who tried to make people agree with dissent, but who actually were arresting them as soon as they agreed with such dissent. As a result, nobody would dare agree that the government did anything bad, and this was very effective in preventing any large-scale resistance from taking hold. The Chinese way here is much more subtle, but probably more effective still.”


As Creemers described to Dutch news outlet, de Volkskrant, “With the help of the latest internet technologies, the government wants to exercise individual surveillance. The Chinese aim […] is clearly an attempt to create a new citizen.”

Chinese internet specialist at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Johan Lagerkvist, said the system is“very ambitious in scope, including scrutinizing individual behavior and what books people read. It’s Amazon’s consumer tracking with an Orwellian political twist.”

James Corbett has been tracking the implementation of Sesame Credit for some time. Introducing the ubiquitous tracking system for a recent episode of the Corbett Report, he mused:

“Coming soon to a New World Order near you: social credit! Earn points by behaving like the government wants you to behave! Get penalized if you don’t act like a doubleplusgood citizen! What could be more fun?”

Indeed, because mandatory enrollment in Sesame Credit is still a few years away, its true effectiveness won’t be measurable for some time. But even a reporter’s usual wariness appears knocked off-kilter, as Zheping Huang summarized his personal experience, “Even if my crappy credit score doesn’t mean much now, it’s in my best interest I suppose to make sure it doesn’t go too low.”

And that, of course, is precisely why gamifying State obedience is so terrifying.

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Cornfedbloodstool's picture

We just have FICO scores in the US, that measures how obidient you are to the banks, the true rulers of the country.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

And Facebook 'Likes'.  Can't get laid without the Likes, man. 

SMG's picture

This score is a test run for one of the ways the Satanic Oligarchs will control everyone if we allow this Global government to happen.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

You already relinquished control when you interjected ‘if’ into your statement.   

Abused wife, “If you hit me one more time, I’m going to Mother’s.”

We all know how that ended for Nicole Brown Simpson 


knukles's picture

She became a model for a Pez dispenser?

NoDebt's picture

If this doesn't come to the US within 5 years I'll be shocked.

CAPT DRAKE's picture

It is already here.  There is a thing called an "NSA Score", bssed on your habbits, contacts, and email/posts.  Fortunately, porn surfing, even addiction, is not a negative.  Only anti state stuff counts, and no, most of the posts on ZH don't count as they are seen as venting and not actionable intel.  

NoDebt's picture

I have a nasty habit of using logic and reason.  I assume I go straight to the top of the list for that.  

My porn habits I don't care who knows.  Shit, my WIFE knows my porn habits and doesn't bat an eye.  Apparently all that shit I thought was so shameful is actually pretty tame.



logicalman's picture

I have a similar habit, regarding logic and reason.

Haven't had the 'wife issue' for quite a while.

The real question....

If you look at yourself as honestly as you can, are you reasonably comfortable with what you see.

Problem is that this test doesn't cause psychopaths to off themselves.



bonderøven-farm ass's picture

Yo mama's Sesame is sooo low.....

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Good to know that both forms of wanking (physical and intellectual) do not count in your NSA score. 

I presume that it's because the former is a form of birth control, and the latter is a form of protest/rebellion control.

Mintcoin's picture

Even before the NSA score, even before computers, they had literal files. Files are on everyone.

OldPhart's picture

FBI guy had facebook posts and Zero Hedge posts when he stopped by for a visit.  So I wouldn't be so sure about that venting aspect.

ImGumbydmmt's picture

I believe it.

I have a real "spook" for a friend.

Known him since high school. reitred from USMC intelligence career to work for same fim as Snowden, then other angencies.

To this day the dude does not have a facebook account, nor does he have a cel phone. nor his wife nor his 3 kids. They didn't go dark, they just never lit up, ever.

He doesn't tell me shit about whats really going on.

Once he told me to  have some personal preps, just in case, and then backed off of that even.

since it was the first time he ever anything was mentioned, and we saw what was happening to the world,  we got the hell out of the city and bought a rural repo prpperty and stocked up trained up.

I dont know WTF he knows, just dont want to be in Stalingrad in 1943.



OldPhart's picture

My son is a sort of a spook. Has been in Afghanistan for 13 fuckin' years.  Is some important shithead that I can't describe and If I could I'd be aced.

He's a bigshot, reports to the General in charge, offerd a white house position by Rice and Bush, personally, on AF1.  I don't make this shit up on my son.  He told bush that his (my son's) mouth would get him in trouble.   Said similar to Rice.

I'm an asshole, I'm kinda' outspoken.  But this is the point that I knew that my parenting had never taken a wrong tracki  (I have a younger son that confirmed it, though the gay thing kind of threw me off kilter.)  I'd trust both my sons with my life, and yours.  They are the most extraodinary people, even the gay one,)

But, ten years between 'oops' babies puts them into totally different demographics.  Our older, 13 going on 14 years in Afghanistan, son seems to dispise us a losers and rednecks.

The younger son seems to dispise us because we don't' accept his lifestyle.  Admittedly, we don't, we find it kinda iccy,  But he's a grown man and who are we to say or interfere with what he wants.  (One of these christmases is going to really difficult!)

But I know that when I make the call, both of them and thier entire families, will heed it unflinchingly.  I've made a few predictions and they already consider me freaky in correctness.  (timing lags, though, who could have predicted what the FED sould do.)  But they see the pictue.  Find me athother 35 to 25 year old group that can see the picture independently.

Curiously_Crazy's picture

I know one too. The most brilliant mind I've ever encountered.

He got flown to Canberra for the first series of interviews/tests at .gov's expense after cracking a code set by signals intellegence as the first part of the recruitment drive.

Knew he'd never get in because he'd had an old drug prior - just went for the free flights and set up at a nice hotel. Passed every single test they set with flying colours (the 'easiest' involving assembly language on a certain CPU architecture that is far from common) but as he couldn't be employed in an official capacity so they hired him as a private contractor. $200 an hour or thereabouts.

No Facebook, No email. No nothing. We write to each other snail mail (and about all we have to hide is who we fucked the week/month before that happened to have a b/f). Or in person when he flys out. Quit after only a year because of the shit going on.

That being said they really don't give a flying fuck about the shit posted on here... as mentioned above it's venting. None of us have anything to do with each other. What they care about are "links" as in links in a chain - friends on facebook, instagram or whatever the fuck else is the latest fad.. and emails (more links)  - that's what can gain or keep control. Not a tiny minority of randoms spouting on a site.


ImGumbydmmt's picture

I believe it.

I have a real "spook" for a friend.

Known him since high school. He retired from USMC intelligence career to work for same fim as Snowden, then other angencies.

To this day the dude does not have a facebook account, nor does he have a cel phone. nor his wife nor his 3 kids. They didn't go dark, they just never lit up, ever.

He doesn't tell me shit about whats really going on.

Once he told me to have some personal preps, just in case, and then backed off of that even.

since it was the first time he ever mentioned anything, and we saw what was happening to the world,  we got the hell out of the city and bought a rural repo property and stocked up trained up.

I dont know WTF he knows, just dont want to be in Stalingrad in 1943.



Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

I thought ObamaCare was the same thing!

css1971's picture

I should really join facebook to piss off my relatives.

logicalman's picture

There is no reason good enough to sign up for Facebook.

MrNosey's picture

This will be rolled out across the world in the new year. A breakout of global civil unrest will occur as we embark on a clash of civilizations and a fight for survival, as it has been reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is allegedly ‘Hitler’s Daughter’ and the Fourth Reich is about to become a reality......



NoDebt's picture

Oh, for fuck's sake.  What is this?  The fith thread you've posted the same damned thing?  Give it a fucking rest already.

NidStyles's picture

Merkel is Hitler's daughter... Nevermind that her mother is  Polish Jew... 

tarabel's picture



And she was born in 1954.

benb's picture
Since when have we been told the truth? Hitler reportedly lived until 1965 according to multiple eye witnesses. FBI Quietly Declassified Secret Files Attesting Hitler Fled to Argentina in 1945 - http://humansarefree.com/2015/02/fbi-quietly-declassified-secret-files.h...


zig heil -https://s15-us2.ixquick.com/cgi-bin/serveimage?url=http:%2F%2Ffarm7.stat...

kralizec's picture

Yeah but Merkel was hatched in the old Soviet side of Germany, I doubt 'ol Adolph slipped back in there just to dip his wick...

Merkel stands a better chance of being fathered by Krushchev!

benb's picture

You're obviously posting in the wrong section.

The the children's comments are posted in another area.

Being  a jr. commentor as you are I can only say go back to your TV show, continue to take the vaccines, and drink more tap water... and your problem will go away.

Somewhat Evolved Monkey's picture
Somewhat Evolved Monkey (not verified) MrNosey Dec 22, 2015 8:48 PM

Lol @ Beforeitsnews


Just for the LOLz, I clicked on your article.


"Is this woman, Angela Merkel, being used by Satan to marshal the forces (A Jihadist Army) for the last battle called Armageddon? It is also interesting to note that Chancellor Merkel has exactly the same eyes as Chancellor Hitler and she bears a striking resemblance to him in not only her looks, but also her mannerisms."


Lol, lol indeed.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Word on the street is the Germans had already perfected invtetro fertilization Angela Hitler being the end result.

soniii's picture

shill paid to post so stupid information that real ones are discredited ...
or just totally brain-dead morons

PrezTrump's picture

absolutely. wrong.

globalist banksters are not for anarchy..

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Banks? Sort of. You don't want to be on the ChexSystem naughty list.

PrezTrump's picture



OldPhart's picture

You can bet our War Criminal Government is fascinated by this.

knukles's picture

I love Big Brother

             where're my points ... come on, gimme some more points, you motherfuckers ....

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

"The children and adults, including his own parents, tiptoe nervously around him, constantly telling him how everything he does is "good," since displeasing him can get them wished away into a mystical "cornfield", an unknown place, from which there is no return. At one point, a dog is heard barking angrily. Anthony thinks the dog is "bad" and doesn't "like [him] at all," and wishes it into the cornfield. His father and mother are horrified, but they dare not show it."

Welcome to the Twilight Zone.


Hongcha's picture

The name of that story is, "It's a GOOD day" and will really frost your ass.  TZ did a good job with it.  Opie as the evil kid!


Fuck this. i want to walk The Pattern, and get to Amber as soon as possible.

Robert Zelazny had it right. at least in Amber, if someone or something wanted you dead, it was up front, and personal most of the time.

Except for your relatives, the conniving bastards.

Same as it ever was.

Death To The Worm Of Oroborus Money Changers !


Or, maybe damm near any Robert Heinlein novel.

First pick would be - "The Moon is A Harsh Mistress "

Old Poor Richard's picture

You beat me to it on FICO score.  If you're off the grid, out of the electronic money system or not paying sufficient fealty to banksters, you are NOT being obedient to the state.

lincolnsteffens's picture

If you are off the grid you have no score and no need for a score.

NoDebt's picture

I'm as off the grid as you can get and still live a middle class lifestyle with electricity and a cell phone.  I assure you they still score me and I'm usually over 800.  I don't use credit much these days but what I use says nothing but "pays as agreed".

Now, if you start to factor in the "slightly to the right of the John Burke Society" shit I post on ZH I'd be down around -500.

tarabel's picture



I doubt if referencing "John Burke" will cause you any difficulties.

Attending meetings of the Tee Party are also okay.

NoDebt's picture

Between you and CAPT DRAKE you are freaking me out.  How do you know thats OK?

Chupacabra-322's picture

Recently declared Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Personally, these Scum Fucks can go to Hell. Laughing my ass of.

tarabel's picture



Hey, I'm NSA (Free Mountain Dew on all shifts!!!) and I reposted your file over to your ex-wife.

Boy, is she in for a surprise.