YCW LN: A discussion of the Social Credit System
with Rogier Creemers (Assistant Professor at Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)) and Adam Knight (at LIAS)
Monday, July 6, 2020, 6:30 pm
• 6:30 pm (London time)
• 1:30 pm (Washington DC time)
• 7:30 pm (Brussels time)
• 1:30 am on Tuesday, 7 July (Shanghai & Singapore time)
Access via a virtual conference platform – details in an Eventbrite email shortly before the event
The Chinese ambitions for a “social credit system” have generated substantial attention since first being announced in 2014. Imaginations have been gripped by descriptions of a future in which individuals are given real-time scores connected to sanctions and perks. At times, these notions have far outstripped the aims and reality of the system, as well as its links to reform of key institutions of governance. After six years over policy development, incremental implementation, and local pilot testing, the system is now due for a major legal update.
YCW is delighted to host Prof Rogier Creemers, and Adam Knight, who will discuss their ongoing research into the reality, limits, and potential evolution of the social credit system.
About Rogier Creemers
Rogier Creemers is Assistant Professor at Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University. He combines degrees in Chinese Studies, International Relations and Law. His research explores how the Chinese Communist Party views its role in governance, and uses technology to further its project. With a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, he leads a project to chart the development of a tech-enabled “smart state” in China. He is also preparing a book on China in Global Cyberspace.
About Adam Knight
Adam Knight is a PhD candidate at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies where he focuses on the design, implementation and consequences of the Chinese social credit system. Adam holds a First Class degree in Chinese Studies and an MSc (Distinction) in Social Science of the Internet, both from the University of Oxford. Outside of his research, Adam is a freelance TV producer at Al Jazeera and cofounded a technology consultancy with a focus on China. He frequently contributes to reports in media such as the BBC, Financial Times and South China Morning Post.
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