Why Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Is Cozying Up With China’s Cops

By SCOTT CENDROWSKI October 26, 2016

Eight months after Apple CEO Tim Cook staged a very public spat with U.S. law officials over accessing users’ private data, Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma is moving in the opposite direction. Sort through our country’s data, he told Chinese law officials last Friday, it can help pinpoint terrorist activity. Continue reading “Why Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Is Cozying Up With China’s Cops”

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Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

Wired

The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents


Kevin Hong

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called “Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System”. In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and rather dry affair, but it contained a radical idea. What if there was a national trust score that rated the kind of citizen you were?

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