Below are a number of articles that I have written on Social Credit in China as well as videos of talks I’ve participated in (in largely chronological order from earliest to most recent).
Our collection of Social Credit documents and translations is available here
China through a glass, darkly
A popular overview and discussion of the most common misconceptions in China's social credit system.
Social Credit Overview Podcast
A ~15 minute clear overview of Social Credit in China.
The Rongcheng Experience [BETA]
A way to discover your own score in one of China's few true 'personal creditworthiness' scoring systems.
My earliest article on social credit, discussing the system generally, and its application to individuals
Giving Credit 2: Carrots and Sticks
A thorough discussion of rewards and punishments in the 4 locations that have fully functional Social Credit Regulations
Giving Credit 3: Inputs and Outputs
A thorough discussion of what information is collected in Social Credit and how it is used, by looking again at the 4 locations with Social Credit Regulations]
The redlists are coming! The blacklists are coming!
A concise articulation of the principle operational mechanism of Social Credit, industry-specific blacklists
Who did China ban from flying?
A look at the specific grounds for being banned from air travel under social credit, and discussion of social credit joint-enforcement penalties generally
Credible Threat? Taiwan, websites, and social credit
Addressing the question of whether China’s requests that airlines list Taiwan as part of China are based on Social Credit, and giving an overview of general principles]
"Map" of the 2014-2020 Social Credit Plan
An organized chart summarizing the guiding document on Social Credit, identifying where blacklists are mandated and what industries are targeted]
Easy as ABC
A brief look at the interesting story of Liu Hu, a reporter who was NOT stopped from flying due to a low credit score, despite what less careful journalists have said about him.
Interview with BBC Business Daily on Social Credit
Jeremy Daum on the BBC talking about Social Credit
What’s the T on China’s Social Credit System? – Jeremy Daum Explains – Part 1 of 2
This is the first of a two-part interview with Jeremy Daum, senior research scholar at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center.
S&D Conference - Digital Human Rights in China
Am under-watched discussion of social credit with the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Beyond Black Mirror @ re:publica
Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Daum, Genia Kostka, and Manya Koetse, talk social credit.
Getting Rongcheng Right
A brief overview of the most often discussed regional point system, with links to an online quiz to estimate your score, and translations of the most relevant legal authority.
Untrustworthy: Social Credit Isn’t What You Think It Is
A discussion of what Social Credit Isn't, and the dangers of getting it wrong.
Keeping track of social credit
What is (or isn't) the corporate social credit system?
Map of the Guiding Opinion on Credit-based Regulation
An overview of the document behind the 'corporate social credit system'.
What is a social credit demonstration city?
A brief overview of the history and purpose of social credit demonstration cities.
Social Credit & the Law
An overview of new rules, meant to bring social credit clearly under the law.
Asia Society Webcast: Demystifying China’s Social Credit System
November 24, 2020 — Jeremy Daum and Kendra Schaefer debunk the most prominent myths about China's social credit system.
The Diplomat: China's Social Credit System: Fact vs. Fiction
An in-depth discussion of what social credit isn't.
[Jamestown China Brief] Far From a Panopticon, Social Credit Focuses on Legal Violations
Introduction Two new pieces of draft authority on China’s social credit system, directories of data inputs and punitive outputs from the General Office of the State Council, provide further clarity into the system’s ultimate form and purposes.
Social Credit 2022: Public Credit Information Catalogs
Foreign interest in China’s social credit system often focuses on the vast quantities of information it is imagined to process. The global adoption of internet and mobile technology has led to the creation or collection of unprecedented volumes of data on individuals, leaving many around the world with a persistent, if often ill-defined, anxiety that…
"Franken-Law": Initial thoughts on the Draft Social Credit Law
I am hesitant to write anything about the new Draft Social Credit Law because, frankly, the draft is a mess and adds little to previous authority. Even its title (the Law on Establishing the Social Credit System) suggests that the drafters are aware that social credit is still very much a work in progress –…