The country’s expansive social credit system has been used as a justification to ban a substantial number, 15.39 million by the latest count, from traveling by air or high-speed rail.
It isn’t just the government that’s rolling out these “credit” regimes, tech giants Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group, via its affiliate Ant Financial, have both released their own propriety credit systems integrated into their digital ecosystems, which serve a similar purpose to a credit score in the U.S. While these digital systems are designed to have substantial consumer applications in regards to finance, they have some major implications for travel.
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The most influential of these frameworks is clearly the Chinese government’s social credit system. In some respects, it is an extension of the government’s previous travel blacklist that banned citizens from traveling abroad after reports of what was deemed “uncivilized behavior” overseas.
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