China’s Social Credit System, a novel big data-enabled toolkit for monitoring, rating, and steering the behavior of market participants, is proposed as a cure-all solution to a multitude of social and economic challenges in China. With several social credit pilots already operational, how will the implementation of the system shape the future of Chinese society, and also foreign companies as they are planned to be integrated into the system and treated the same way as their Chinese competitors? Join us for a talk by Dr. Mareike Ohlberg from the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), as she will analyse the current stage of the system’s implementation and will discuss how it will likely function in practice for individuals as well as Chinese and foreign businesses.
The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A; and open networking over drinks.

We invite Mareike Ohlberg , Research Associate at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) to discuss.

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Mareike Ohlberg
Mareike Ohlberg focuses on China’s subnational politics, official media policy as well as developments in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Ohlberg holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Heidelberg and an MA from Columbia University. In her thesis, she analyzed changes in China’s global propaganda outreach since 1978. Prior to joining MERICS, Ohlberg spent a year as an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and another year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Cheng Shewo Institute for Chinese Journalism at Shih Hsin University in Taipei.




Shanghai – Understanding China’s Social Credit System: Vision and State of Implementation with Mareike Ohlberg [Thursday, September 20]
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