China, the police state and control over the masses

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China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country with a population of about 1.404 billion. With an area of approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), China is the fourth largest country in the world based on its surface area.

List of countries by surface

1 Russia 17,098,246 km²
2 Canada 9,964,670 km²
3 United States 9,826,675 km²
4 China 9,596,961 km²

China is by far the largest in terms of inhabitants. There are no less than 1.4 billion people living there. India comes second, with 1.1 billion people. America is in third place with more than 300 million people. A lot less than China and India.

The name "China" is used for the first time in the translation of Richard Eden from 1555, the 1516 text of the Portuguese explorer Duarte Barbosa. The demonym, that is, the name for the people and the adjective "Chinese" later developed into the model of the Portuguese chinês and the French chinois.

Portuguese China is believed to come from the Persian Chīn (چین), which can be traced back to Sanskrit Cīna (चीन). Cīna was used for the first time in the early Hindu scriptures, including the Mahābhārata (5th century BC) and the Laws of Manu (2nd century BC). In 1655, Martino Martini suggested that the word China was ultimately derived from the name of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

If you realize for instance, that the Netherlands with its 17 million inhabitants is already difficult to govern because of its diversity, which is reflected in the many political parties that the country is rich, it is not difficult to imagine what a task it should be to contact, respect and lead the political will of 1.4 billion people in China. Certainly when we take into account that China has a population of 1.4 billion spread out over 9.5 million km². Areas as provinces that are larger than complete Western countries. Compare again the Netherlands with its 17 million inhabitants in an area of ​​41,000 km².


Technology is now being used in China for precisely that contact, that 'political will' to carry out that control. There are of course quite a lot of resources available to them, there are computers, satellites and a strong corps of officials who are going to give direction to the control over the masses.

Just like performance scores in business, China is going to give every citizen a score. A score that emphasizes desirable and undesirable behavior. This does not sound alarming, but it is when we see how it is being implemented! '1984', George Orwell's book is a joke in comparison. The police state such as Orwell outlines, pales in the shadow of developments in China.

The tracking of certain behavior or habits has, been of course, applied in Western countries for a long time and nobody thinks that is strange. If you want a loan, your financial habits will be reviewed at the Office of credit and finance. If you are worthy of credit, the loan will be provided, if you are not, it will be refused. We are used to such control. If you drive irresponsibly, you lose points from your driving license and eventually if you do not adjust your driving behavior, your driving license.

If you study then you acquire 'credits' each course taken is worth a number of credits and after having earned enough credits, you graduate. I want to show that we are always, consciously or unconsciously, being screened continually in our society.


Your mobile is registered and your PC has an IP address. If the government finds it necessary one can (think of terrorism) see who has called from where with which mobile phone and to whom that mobile belongs. Your chip on your credit card or on any document can pinpoint your position by only one earthly revolution of a satellite. Not really shocking and we are aware of these technical possibilities. Your card also betrays your spending pattern and CCTV cameras see everything on the street, and the control or screening moments do exist in the free West.

It is not about the capability of being localized in the free West, it is about how this data is dealt with and what it is used for.


The Chinese scoring method and its effects on citizens:

China has commissioned Sense Time to develop a population trackdown system and paid a downpayment deposit of $ 1 billion for it.

Who or what is sense time?

SenseTime (Chinese: 商汤 科技) is a Chinese technology company specializing in artificial intelligence and facial recognition, with offices in China, Hong Kong and Japan. The products serve more than hundreds of well-known companies and government agencies, in a wide range of industries, including security, finance, smartphones, mobile internet, robotics and cars. SenseTime is considered the world's largest start-up company in artificial intelligence.

SenseTime was established in October 2014 as an academic project by Professor Tang Xiao'ou from the Information Engineering Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The project was commercialized the following year and Xu Li became the CEO. After research and development, it launched its products in 2016. It produces facial recognition systems and has the Chinese government as one of the most important customers for their mass surveillance. The algorithms used by the company are stored in a database with 2 billion images provided by Chinese government agencies. From the end of 2017 to the beginning of 2018, it has raised US $ 1.2 billion in capital.

The American business magazine Forbes named Xu as number seven on its 2018 list.

On September 10, 2018, SenseTime received a US $ 1 billion investment from Softbank China Venture Capital.


China is planning to give all its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score based on how they behave. Some with low scores are already being punished when they want to travel. Almost 11 million Chinese people are no longer allowed to fly and 4 million are excluded from trains.

Next week the program will expand nationwide. The government says that it tries to 'purify' society by rewarding people who are trustworthy and punishing those who are not.

So like the credit scores we have and which are based on how we handle our finances, Chinese citizens get a social credit score based on everything, whether they pay their taxes on time and how they cross the street, to what they place online. But also whether they have liquor on their shoppinglist and whether they are smokers or not.

Liu Hu a journalist recently tried to book a flight, he was told that he was excluded from public transport because he was on the list of unwanted/undesirable people.

Liu is a journalist who was convicted by a court of law and ordered to apologize for a series of tweets he wrote and was told that his apologies were regarded insincere. "I can not buy property now and my child can not go to a private school anymore," Liu said. "I feel like I'm being governed all the time by the list."


The list is now longer because each Chinese citizen is assigned a social credit score, a fluctuating assessment based on a series of behaviorial issues. It is believed that a community service and buying Chinese products can increase your score.

Fraud, tax evasion and smoking in non-smoking areas may cause it to fall. If a score becomes too low, a person can be excluded from buying plane tickets, train tickets, real estate, cars and even fast internet.

"It's a good thing," said a government official. "There should be punishment for people who can not behave." China's growing network of surveillance cameras makes this all possible. The country already has an estimated 176 million cameras. It plans to have more than 600 million cameras installed by 2020.

SenseTime has made smart cameras for the government that can help to catch criminals, but also to keep track of average citizens. "It can recognize more than 4,000 types of vehicles," said Dr. Xense Li, CEO of SenseTime.

SenseTime is one of China's most successful companies in the field of artificial intelligence. It has made smart cameras for the government that can help to catch criminals, but also to keep track of average citizens.

Does this system know every person, every bike, every car, every bus? "We can see if it is an adult, a child, a man or a woman and who it is," Xu said. In several large cities in China, including here in Shanghai, the government even follows people who cross zebra crossings.

Cameras pick them up when they cross or cross intersections. Ken DeWoskin, who studied China's economic and political culture for more than three decades, said that the way the new scoring system really works is kept secret and can easily be manipulated by the government.



How far does it effect people's daily worldly activities? Ken was asked in an interview with CBS. "Well, I think the government and the people who lead the plan would like it to go as deeply as possible ... to determine how benefits can be allocated and how they can influence and shape their behavior," DeWoskin said. There are advantages if the Chinese government considers you as "desirable".

'Those people can get discounts on energy bills, better interest rates at banks and the largest online dating site in China would even raise the profile of people with good social credit scores'. They are also offered better jobs without applying for jobs. Priority for hospitals and better homes in good neighborhoods and discounts on their daily facilities. They can also get extra points if they report people who misbehave. The neighbor, for example, parks his car incorrectly, the other neighbor gets extra points if he reports it.


If one is regarded as unreliable or undesirable behavioral person, then one becomes a pariah in the system. You can no longer live in a beautiful house, you go to the slum area. Your child is no longer eligible for a scholarship. You can no longer obtain luxury goods, you can no longer use public transport.

At hospitals you go down the waiting list. You do not have to apply for better jobs because your negative score works against you. You can forget benefits.

That is quite something. A child is punished because a father or mother smokes or drinks or crosses wrong or has spit on the street. That child gets his own social credit score from an adult age and can therefore wrestle away from the parents' environment. It is a reward and punishment system through and through.

The system is now operational and there are people, just like the aforementioned journalist, who are blacklisted and deprived of basic rights that the desired citizen enjoys.

 The state that uses artificial intelligence as a gauge, in order to mold a large mass of people to goals that they, the government, formulate.

A scary development, because who operates the buttons and how easily can the leaders manipulate the system? Who sets the filter and determines what is good or bad?

How objectively will that happes, it can be well imagined. I assume that it will be used fairly selectively. You create a unitary mass that is 'willing to please' for your own gain over the backs of others who miss the boat. The ruling class becomes the ones that have been thoroughly kneaded into the system and once there, they determine the parameters of the filter. What a frightening scenario.

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