social credit

In this project, I examine the Chinese government's plans to establish a national social credit system. Beyond addressing issues of financial regulation and government accountability, this policy project provides insight into a technocratic vision of moral order. Thus, while the ambitions of this policy are broad and extensive, my research focuses its data-driven vision of establishing "sincerity culture." Particularly, I critically investigate how social credit implements new forms of social control by designing mechanisms to punish dishonesty and reward trustworthiness. How does social governance in China change, as the social credit system seeks to regulate highly complex issues of trust, insecurity, and personal worth through algorithmic assessments of “trustworthiness.”