The ‘Social Credit System’ – Here and in China

One of the most frightening aspects of the Chinese Communist Party’s growing malevolence is an innovation known as the “social credit system.” By combining several hundred million surveillance cameras, facial-, voice- and walk-recognition software, quantum computing and artificial intelligence to spy on transactions, communications and other behavior, China is able to monitor practically everything about its people in real time.

Beijing is now using such data to reward those who conform to its conduct requirements and punish those who don’t. The penalties can involve denial of travel opportunities, education, employment, housing and result in incarceration.

Worse yet, such Orwellian abuses of personal information are proliferating. The Washington Post reports that hundreds of thousands of American college students are being monitored by their schools with a view to effecting behavior modification. Unless we act to stop this creeping totalitarianism, it will metastasize further.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.