Summary of “How Do You Control 1.4 Billion People?”

While outside observers agree that the situation likely bodes ill for many unwitting citizens, few have considered how vulnerable the system is to the corruption, con artistry, and incompetence that plagues much of Chinese society.
Who will have access to the data, and how will they be able to use or abuse it? Will it be shared between ministries and departments, or jealously guarded? Can it be manipulated, altered, faked-or stolen?
Sesame Credit requires highly sensitive personal information, such as degree certificates and title deeds, to be uploaded to its cloud to enhance users’ credit scores-cybersecurity experts say such a centralized digital database would be a treasure trove for hackers.
“Sesame Credit… is still unable to control the quality of the data reported by partner lenders,” observed a Caixin article.
It’s not just businesses and crooks looking to game the latest gimmick: Already accustomed to having their data mined and lives surveilled, tech-savvy Chinese are wondering how they can rig their scores-and entrepreneurial hackers will be more than willing to oblige.
What’s that? Sesame scores are connected to the frequency you use your credit cards? Simple-my company will help swipe and repay your card for a year, then charge you for how many points your score accumulates.
Marbridge’s Natkin acknowledges some dangers and drawbacks, but suggests social credit ratings “Will also create a greater disincentive to engage in anti-social behavior, like a landlord capriciously deciding not to return a security deposit, or a shared-bike user parking in the middle of the street.” These are everyday grievances in China’s scofflaw society that many will be glad to see gone, or at least punished.
To work effectively, social credit requires Chinese citizens to place complete trust in both their unaccountable government and vast cartel-like corporations.

The orginal article.