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How Tech Firms Partner with Beijing to Shame Citizens

China’s top tech companies have often expressed willingness to share users’ personal data with the state as part of a tacit bargain that allows them to expand with minimal regulatory interference. Several revelations this year have made it increasingly clear how networks of surveillance, reward, and punishment are sustained by partnerships between tech firms (both

October 17, 2017 12:23 AM

Tencent Expands Social Credit Features

Chinese information technology giant Tencent Holdings Limited has broadened the pool of users that can now access its social credit scoring feature, Tencent Credit. The social credit system is a state-sponsored effort to score Chinese citizens based on their financial and behavioral data, yielding numbers that are meant to represent both how financially responsible and how

August 11, 2017 2:45 PM