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Daily Dashboard | Honest Shanghai app gives citizens public credit score Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 2 June 2023



Shanghai's city government has released a new voluntary app called Honest Shanghai that uses a combination of facial recognition and government data to assign citizens with a "public credit" score, NPR reports. "We want to make Shanghai a global city of excellence," said Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization's Shao Zhiqing. "Through this app, we hope our residents learn they'll be rewarded if they're honest. That will lead to a positive energy in society." The app has caused some unease, however. "You're wrong if I say so," said Tongji University's Zhu Dake. "You have bad credit if I say so. Where will this lead? They could easily expand the criteria and start judging people on moral or ideological grounds. They're using modern technology to create a vision of Orwell's 1984."
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