Who can you trust? How can you tell whether someone who borrows money from you will pay it back? In the U.S., we have a credit score to help make these calls. But in China, no such system exists.
So the government came up with its own equivalent: it will score peoples’ trustworthiness using not just court and bank records, but also data from the online shopping companies. Today on the Indicator: China’s social credit system and what it might mean for citizens.