Chinese social credit is perhaps the most famous policy to come out of China in recent years. In the West, we tend to criticise and fear it, but we don’t really know what it entails. So, in this episode, we want to actually learn what social credit is all about. Is it really a thinly disguised veil for the actions of an authoritarian state? Or is it actually a practical means for understanding whether you should loan someone some money.
I’m joined by Adam Knight who is an independent researcher covering the intersection of public and private actors in the regulation of the Chinese internet space. He is also the cofounder of China e-commerce advisory company, TONG Digital and freelance producer with Al Jazeera English. He’s got a lot on his plate.
Sam Johnston joins me to probe Adam. He’s an ex-technology consultant who is writing a book about freedom of speech.
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