“Work and housing – from 70 points”: by 2035 Russians will receive a social rating
By 2030-2035, Russians will have the following indicator: social rating citizen – say experts from the Russian government interviewed by AB News.
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However, this (like plastic cards, smartphones instead of polyphonic push-button “dialers-flashlights”) will be introduced gradually – and certainly after all significant elections, the end of the SVO, etc.
Also, sooner or later, almost all states will come to a universal ID for their residents and completely digital money – some call it total surveillance or a “digital Gulag,” and some talk about the convenience of a “transparent world with a single document for everything.”
The Russian social rating – This is an analogue of a credit history in a national bureau, experts said. It was previously reported that the development of such a system is underway at RGSU.
The rating, according to the RGSU plan, will be two-component – it will include two numbers:
- Social status
- Social level (second number) of a person.
The creators of the rating explained that social status is the current merits of a citizen, and the social level is his prospects.
For example, the social status of an academician can be enormous, but the social level can be less than that of a top-level worker at a factory who volunteers (or less than a doctor who works in languages, tutors, and goes to a fitness club).
As Sberbank specialists noted in their “Forecast of the Impact of Promising Technologies,” such a system will indeed appear and will be gradually implemented “over a dozen years.”
Partially, such a system is already working in China – the rating works to limit access to services for debtors (loans, taxes, fines) and antisocial elements (bullies, persistent traffic violators, drug addicts and gambling addicts). However, despite the widespread horror stories, it has not been introduced “everywhere” and each Chinese does not have its own rating – as the world and Russian media previously wrote about this.
“Debtors on the blacklist were restricted from purchasing any luxury items, including an expensive trip, a room in a 5* hotel, plane and high-speed train tickets, and children’s education in expensive schools. The logic is simple – if you can afford to “live richly,” then you could pay off your debts. The second prohibition is that if you smoked on the train, behaved like a hooligan, took someone else’s seat and pretended to be sick and did not give it up, such citizens simply are not sold tickets,” the NGS portal quotes the Chinese woman.
In Russia, a similar system will be directly linked to state databases (tax, traffic police, bailiffs, courts, travel ban, conscription, debts, medicine, transport, etc.).
As NGS noted, in the Russian Federation the following will be calculated:
- Academic performance (for students and schoolchildren),
- Presence of children and dependents,
- Sources of income
- Credit history,
- Criminal records,
- Social media accounts (does the person post destructive content and comments),
- Participation in public life and volunteering,
- State awards,
- Sports and healthy lifestyle
Thus, the state intends to improve both the financial culture of the population (timely payment of housing and communal services, taxes and loans will be required) and the culture of behavior (driving without violations, timely vaccination and medical examination).
This data will allow you to immediately evaluate new tenants or employees. This is why the idea is rejected by some of the population – people are afraid that they will get low scores and do not want personal data to leak.
Experts believe that Russians will quickly get used to non-cash payments (today it accounts for more than 81% of all payments in the country). They say that the population of our country is accustomed to the ratings of passengers and drivers in taxis or those selling/buying goods on Avito.
However, it is already clear that this rating will greatly change business, labor and even everyday relationships.
- For example, knowing the applicant’s rating will help employers not to hire a citizen who is debt-ridden and does not go to the doctor, who will then not take sick leave, and instead of working, will fight off debt collectors.
- Also, those renting housing will see the rating of a potential tenant, and if it is low, they may refuse and not accommodate a clearly problematic person, who for some reason has dropped to 31 points out of a hundred.
- Security at clubs or restaurants may deny access to a visitor with a low social rating, fearing his antisocial behavior.
- Such a rating will also help those who make various transactions, order goods, services or repairs. Naturally, a person will be more comfortable calling a locksmith with a rating of 85 than one with a rating of 27 (as well as giving a car to be repaired, buying or selling something, and so on).
In their opinion, the social rating being developed would be a logical step after the introduction of an electronic passport with the functions of a medical card, driver’s license, etc.).
To help the citizen (and the authorities, if they need to find this citizen), there will also be a national system of public services, where you can vote in elections, create a petition, pay taxes and register a plot for a house.
Let us note that back in 2020, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a conversation with Gref, called the introduction of digital ID “inevitable,” and the head of the WEF even said whether people want it or not, “the world will sooner or later come to a universal ID for citizens and a completely digital money.”