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Dandan doesn't object to the prospect of life under the state's all-seeing surveillance network.
The 36-year-old knows social credit is not a perfect system but believes it's the best way to manage a complex country with the world's biggest population."I think people in every country want a stable and safe society," she says."If, as our government says, every corner of public space is installed with cameras, I'll feel safe."She's also likely to benefit from the system.
Within years, an official Party outline claims, it will "allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step".
Social credit is like a personal scorecard for each of China's 1.4 billion citizens.
Dandan married for love but she chose the right husband — Xiaojing Zhang is likely to have an even higher score than her.
An app on her phone gives access to special privileges like renting a car, hotel room or a house without a deposit.Smartphone apps will also be used to collect data and monitor online behaviour on a day-to-day basis.Then, big data from more traditional sources like government records, including educational and medical, state security assessments and financial records, will be fed into individual scores.A marketing professional, she's diligent and prosperous — in many ways she's a model Chinese citizen. A vast network of 200 million CCTV cameras across China ensures there's no dark corner in which to hide.Every step she takes, every one of her actions big or small — even what she thinks — can be tracked and judged. What may sound like a dystopian vision of the future is already happening in China. The Communist Party calls it "social credit" and says it will be fully operational by 2020.
It is also the hope of the whole Chinese nation." China has long been a surveillance state, so the citizenry is accustomed to the government taking a determining role in personal affairs.