As a special feature of the China Social Credit System Blog, this week leading scholars and experts from PennState, the Foundation for Law and International Affairs, and the Coalition for Peace and Ethics present their comments on the most pressing issues about social credit. These are questions of global relevance that deserve to be examined within a context beyond China, and the more limited field of area studies. An initial reflection on issues surrounding social credit in general, and the Chinese project on social credit, can be found on the ‘Law at the End of the Day’ Blog. This post elaborates and expands upon the views expressed therein.
On July 8, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China issued the Development Plan on a New Generation of Artificial Intelligence. This is a lengthy document, divided in six sections and several paragraphs. A translation produced by the fantastically efficient interns of the Foundation for Law and International Affairs is 27 pages in length. I have taken the time to go through the document in its Chinese and its English versions, to learn more about its contents, and to summarize it for my readers.
This is an extremely important document, outlining the blueprint for the development of China’s AI in the next thirteen years. As it is already clear to those in the know, the Plan has significant implications for the development of social credit, as well as the fields and the policies related to it.