A Dystopian Future? The Rise of Social Credit Systems

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Liav Orgad

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Wessel Reijers

European University Institute

Date Written: November 1, 2019

Abstract

Is China's Social Credit System leading the way to a dystopian future? ‘Yes’, claims Wessel Reijers, who identifies dangerous dictatorial tendencies that do not live up to the promise of cultivating civic virtue. ‘No’, argues Jens van 't Klooster, who sees it as a promising way to enhance distributive justice and an alternative for price mechanisms in market economies. In an online symposium, we have asked several eminent scholars to take sides in this timely controversy concerning an unparalleled effort of social engineering that will soon influence the lives of over a billion citizens. Is the Social Credit System a ‘digital dictatorship’ or a ‘digital republic’? How unique it is in a comparative and historical perspective? Is a social credit system good for women? And what are the implications of the system on the institution of citizenship?

Kickoffs by Wessel Reijers and Jens van 't Klooster; contributions by Yongxi Chen, Jiahong Chen, John Cheney-Lippold, Jeremy Daum, Costica Dumbrava, Jelena Dzankic, Joshua Fairfield, Primavera de Filippi, Cristie Ford, Francesca Lagioia, Miriam Müller, Liav Orgad, Alberto Romele, Giovanni Sartor, Mathias Siems, Mac Sithigh.

Keywords: Social Credit System, China, Digital Dictatorship, Digital Republic, Civic Virtue, Digital Citizenship, Justice

Suggested Citation

Orgad, Liav and Reijers, Wessel, A Dystopian Future? The Rise of Social Credit Systems (November 1, 2019). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2019/94. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3491179 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3491179

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