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state power

The art of keeping the people down

THE AUTHORITY: Authoritarian leaders only follow the Constitution as long as they profit from it.

What about the people?

GRAS ROTA: When the policy fails, who should take responsibility?

Social control 4.0

China's digital social credit system operates with a form of gamified control, which rewards users as they score points for behavior inside and outside the network. Within 2020, Chinese authorities are planning to establish a nationwide system. Western commentators react with disgust, but is our own social media really that much better?

New authoritarian state power with good intentions

Regulations, devices and control – a new type of state power is increasingly interfering with daily life.