In the news lately have been several stories about Socialist countries instituting a Social Score based on who you contact and what you do on the internet or in other transactions. China is doing it. Venezuela is adopting it.
I first ran into this in an excellent Black Mirror show.
Black Mirror’s third season opens with a vicious take on social media
By Tasha Robinson on October 24, 2016 10:18 am
“Nosedive,” the first installment of Netflix’s new six-episode season, replaces “phones” in that sentence with “social media.” The script, written by Parks And Recreation’s Michael Schur and Rashida Jones, turns social platforms’ self-curation and validation-seeking into the backbone of a future society. But the issues at play go beyond the ways users project their best, most enviable selves onto their Instagrams and Facebook feeds. Almost exactly a year ago, Verge reports editor Josh Dzieza published a piece called “The ratings game: How Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses.” The gist was that the combination of an on-demand economy and a new class of ratings-dependant employees was turning customers into entitled, hypersensitive critics. That article could have been the road map for “Nosedive.” Just as Uber drives started offering riders free water, candy, and other perks to ingratiate themselves with increasingly demanding customers, the characters in “Nosedive” nervously tailor their lives to be ingratiating online, within certain very narrow guidelines.
It goes on from there where a high Social Score lady decides to get and even higher score, but…, through a series of unfortunate events, the “star” plunges into a de-ranked loser… Well worth watching if you can.
Some folks seem to take such warnings as a goal to be fulfilled. China for example:
A ‘Black Mirror’ Episode Is Coming to Life in China
People will be prevented from traveling on trains and planes based on their social credit scores.
In another indication that Back Mirror isn’t just a sci-fi anthology series and instead a glimpse into our actual future, China is extending its “social credit” system to block accused wrongdoers from traveling on trains and planes.
The social credit program has been around since 2014, and has been steadily expanding. According to Wired:
OK, that’s China. Not like it would be here…
Apple will log about how many ‘phone calls or emails you send and receive’ to give your device a ‘trust score’
Isobel Asher Hamilton
Sep. 19, 2018, 7:03 AM
Apple is going to start using phone call and email metadata in an attempt to combat fraud.
The data will give devices a “trust score,” and it could help Apple detect fraudulent transactions, reviews, and accounts.
Apple will start assigning so-called “trust scores” for Apple devices in a bid to combat fraud.
First spotted by VentureBeat, a new provision has quietly appeared updated in the iTunes Store privacy page:
“To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase. The submissions are designed so Apple cannot learn the real values on your device. The scores are stored for a fixed time on our servers.”
Essentially, Apple will assign devices “trust scores” based on information including phone call and email metadata. This trust score helps the company identify scammers who are using Apple’s services and devices as part of their schemes.
The so-called “trust score” only takes into account usage patterns, or metadata, and it’s sent to Apple when a purchase is made on the app store.
So guess I’m not going for that iPhone…
I don’t need to be tracked, ranked, rated, or scored just to make phone calls, send email, and browse the web.