Inside China’s plan to give every citizen a character score
New Scientist - 10/14/2015
Christo Wilson, a computer scientist at Northeastern University in Boston, suggests that SCS may spawn a kind of black market in which people can pay for fake online profile details which will boost their scores, much like existing grey areas in which social network followers can be “bought” and “Likes” on posts paid for.
“The more important you make that number, the more people are going to try to manipulate it, and the more data you include, the easier it becomes to manipulate it,” he says. “Affixing that kind of value to social information, the black market is going to go crazy.”