- China is considering a new "social credit" system, designed to rate everyone's trustworthiness
- It sounds ominous, but has a lot in common with automated systems already in use in the U.S., Bruce Schneier writes
- We can get the benefits of automatic algorithmic systems while avoiding the dangers, Schneier says
Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and chief technology officer of Resilient Systems Inc. His latest book is "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World." He blogs at schneier.com and tweets @schneierblog. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)China is considering a new "social credit" system, designed to rate everyone's trustworthiness. Many fear that it will become a tool of social control -- but in reality it has a lot in common with the algorithms and systems that score and classify us all every day.