China recently published a draft law on its forthcoming social credit system that will ultimately guide the country’s construction.
The system is intended to promote trustworthiness in business, education and almost all other areas of life. How it is actually supposed to achieve this is far from easy.
An example of the impact of the social credit system – particularly how it can affect social media and freedom of expression – shows how problematic the noble-sounding goal of confidence-building can be in practice. And while the Chinese government is confident in making judgments about the trustworthiness of social media posts, other parties are unlikely to agree. Read the full story.
– Zeyi Yang
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The must reads
I’ve scoured the internet to find today’s funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.
1 Twitter is becoming more dangerous
Elon Musk is tearing down the platform’s security systems. (WP$)
+ As a result, toxic language is spreading. (wired$)
+ There are a lot of tweets about tweets right now. (The Atlantic $)
+ Twitter’s advertisers are leaving in droves. (WP$)
+ Mastodon is comparatively much calmer and slower. (New York $)
2 Sam Bankman-Fried Treated FTX As His ‘Personal Fief’
That says the lawyer representing the company at its first bankruptcy hearing. (The guard)
+ A significant portion of FTX’s assets have either disappeared or been stolen. (WSJ$)
+ Bankman-Fried’s influence on Washington DC’s crypto policies was undeniable. (motherboard)
+ He has done the industry a disservice. (New York $)
3 tax return sites secretly shared financial data with Facebook
Users’ incomes and grant amounts can power Facebook’s advertising algorithms. (The Markup)
4 Americans Seem Fed Up With Covid Vaccines
The fear is that the restraint could spill over into future outbreaks as well. (Voice)
+ Paxlovid’s refusal is particularly prominent. (The Atlantic $)
5 twins were born from embryos frozen 30 years ago
The healthy boy and girl are believed to be the longest frozen embryos born. (CNN)
6 China says it has ‘solved’ a video game addiction in children
Thanks to very strict limits on how many hours they can play. (FT$)
+ China is buying fewer chip-making machines. (Bloomberg dollar)
+ Video Game Addiction Now Recognized – What Happens Next? (MIT Technology Review)