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originally posted by: BerkshireEntity
a reply to: musicismagic
Wow I had no idea this was happening. I can't say in entirely surprised, if I lived in China I'd be looking to GTF out of there asap! Do they deport the Chinese out of Japan?
In the first episode of the third season of Netflix’s dystopian series Black Mirror, Bryce Dallas Howard stars as a woman who has fallen victim to the evils of a social credit score. Which is, essentially, an individual rating based on social media clout.
Everyone owns and is subjected to an app that allows them to rate their interactions with each other, while also sharing status updates and photos. So if you’re kind to others, you’ll be rated higher than those who aren’t so nice. As a result, your rating gives you a class ranking; the lower you fall, the more you are shunned socially, financially, in the workplace, etc.
Those with higher scores earn certain privileges, while those who fall below can find themselves paying extra fines and facing penalties. And if you’re connected to people with higher scores, that helps boast yours, and likewise.
She also spoke to a man who had such a low score, he was labelled a “second-class citizen” and banned from most forms of travel, luxury hotels and found himself ineligible for large bank loans.
Imagine calling a friend. Only instead of hearing a ring tone you hear a police siren, and then a voice intoning, “Be careful in your dealings with this person.” Would that put a damper on your relationship? It’s supposed to.
Welcome to life in China’s “Social Credit System,” where a low score can ruin your life in more ways than one. Say you arrive at the Beijing airport, intending to catch a flight to Canton 1,200 miles south. The clerk at the ticket counter turns you away because — you guessed it — your social credit score is too low.
There is something really sinister going on at Google. "Dragonfly" is its name. Since the spring of 2017, Google has been secretly working on a version of its search engine that permits its administrators to censor contents. Google has been in negotiation with Chinese authorities to install Dragonfly as China's main search engine.
According to The Intercept, Dragonfly will "blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest." Presumably, if the Google software can blacklist websites, it can also report to the government attempts to access such websites. Google's effort has generated strong protests among civil libertarians, including many of Google's employees who had not previously been aware of Dragonfly. Dragonfly is one piece of a new comprehensive effort by the Chinese government to control its people.
Another piece is the installation of millions of cameras. Both (Google and China) are in support of Social Credit, a computerized system to control behavior.
But where did this ability to control such a giant country come from in the first place? As Pogo would say, I have seen the enemy and he is us! Namely, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Oracle, Intel, Cisco, and all those other American high-tech companies eager to get a piece of the fat Chinese pie.
The technology was taken piece by piece by the Chinese from all of them to execute, with some local improvements, the social credit system. In a certain sense, these companies provided the inspiration for it—and the impetus. The Chinese copied them. That's what they do.
originally posted by: blueman12
a reply to: The2Billies
I thought dragonfly was canceled.
Ive seen numerous articles that facebook was developing software for censorship aimed at china, but i can't tell if they are still working on that after the hong kong protests brought more attention to u.s. companies helping to censor.
The employees have been keeping tabs on repositories of code that are stored on Google’s computers, which they say is linked to Dragonfly. The code was created for two smartphone search apps — named Maotai and Longfei — that Google planned to roll out in China for users of Android and iOS mobile devices.
Prior to leaving the company, McMillen said he and his colleagues had “strong indications that something is still happening” with Google search in China. But they were left confused about the status of the China plan because upper management would not discuss it.
“Right now it feels unlaunchable, but I don’t think they are canceling outright,” McMillen said. “I think they are putting it on the back burner and are going to try it again in a year or two with a different code name or approach.” Anna Bacciarelli, a technology researcher at Amnesty International, called on Google “to publicly confirm that it has dropped Dragonfly for good, not just ‘for now.’”
In March 2019, the Intercept broke a new story over Dragonfly. It’s not dead. Worried Google employees had continued to check up on the project due to unclear communication and lack of information from leadership. Now, the Intercept states that “The group has identified ongoing work on a batch of code that is associated with the China search engine, according to three Google sources.” (The Intercept, March 3rd, 2019)