It's Just the Coffee Talking: rewarding citizens to collect digital coins in exchange for behavioral changes... social credits turn us into rats or monkeys

I was reading a horror novel a couple years ago in which a system similar to this had grown to be the only way it's citizens could shop for groceries to eat and survive, to ride public transportation, to be allowed to go into most areas of the cities; to buy clothing, shoes and other needed items.  To receive healthcare or emergency services.  If you didn't have enough social credits you could not receive, could not buy, could not travel.

Then... China started to implement a similar system.
Now, Europe is starting it.

Oh my.  This isn't going to turn out well.


"....which allows citizens to collect digital coins
in exchange for behavioral changes"

Like rats in a maze or monkeys solving puzzles, rewarded with treats for behaving in the way the researchers and scientists want them to?


Italy is poised to be the first European nation to implement a social credit system that rewards citizens for their "good behavior."

The city of Bologna in Italy is set to implement a new pilot project in the fall of 2022, which enables citizens who display good behavior to earn rewards. Such good behavior that will earn them points would be correctly recycling or using public transportation.

According to the National Pulse, the municipality of Bologna is implementing the "Smart Citizen Wallet," which allows citizens to collect digital coins in exchange for behavioral changes. Depending on their given scores, citizens can receive discounts in their local shops. The program was proposed to "save resources" and promote climate-friendly practices.

Massimo Bugani, the councilor for the digital agenda in the northern city, said that the use of the "Smart Citizen Wallet" will not be forced on anyone, but that he expects a high user uptake, Bologna Today reported. Right now, the system will not be linked to online identification and social media usage.

Italy's move to use a social credit scoring system has raised concerns over similar methods to solve "social issues," especially when other nations and regions in the European Union are also doing the same. For example, Germany and Austria have already pushed their respective plans for a digital ID to be put into place. These two countries are also introducing new platforms to integrate more public services and identification systems, digitized mail, and national passports. The measures were introduced to address "bureaucratic problems and [to save] resources."