China Plans to Extend Social Credit System to Metaverse

China Seeks to Implement Digital IDs and Real-World Penalties for Metaverse Activities,

According to UN Proposals.

China Explores Extending Social Credit System to the Metaverse and Online Virtual Worlds

In a recent development reported by POLITICO on August 20,

China Mobile, a state-owned telecommunications company, has presented a proposal suggesting the implementation of a digital ID system for users in the metaverse and other virtual worlds.

This proposed system would incorporate both “natural characteristics” and “social characteristics” of individuals.

The objective, as stated in the proposal, is to maintain order and safety within the virtual realm.

The digital ID would store a wide range of personal information and identifiable markers, including occupation,

with the suggestion that such data be permanently stored and shared with authorities.

To illustrate the potential advantages of this system, the proposal highlighted a scenario involving a disruptive user who spreads rumors and causes chaos in the metaverse.

With the aid of the digital ID, law enforcement would be able to swiftly identify and penalize the individual responsible.

This proposal echoes China’s existing social credit system, which is an ongoing infrastructure aimed at promoting desirable behavior through scoring and ranking citizens based on various metrics.

The social credit system has also been utilized as an enforcement mechanism.

In 2019, the Associated Press reported that authorities prevented social offenders from purchasing plane tickets a staggering 17.5 million times in 2018.

Additionally, 5.5 million social offenders were denied the ability to purchase train tickets.

China Mobile submitted these proposals on July 5 during discussions with a focus group on the Metaverse,

organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a communications technology agency operating under the United Nations.

Metaverse Focus Group Gears Up for October Reunion and Crucial Vote on China Proposals with Far-Reaching Implications

Metaverse Focus Group Reconvenes in October with Potential Voting on Proposals

The metaverse focus group is scheduled to reconvene in October,

providing an opportunity for the voting on the proposals to take place.

If approved, these proposals could have a significant impact on telecommunications companies and technology firms.

The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) metaverse group aims to establish new standards for metaverse services,

making the outcome of the vote crucial.

According to a contributor to the focus group who spoke with POLITICO,

Chinese companies participating in the discussions have been submitting a considerably larger number of metaverse proposals compared to their counterparts from the United States and Europe.

This suggests that China is strategically positioning itself to establish its proposals as the industry standard in the event that metaverse usage becomes widespread.

The contributor expressed concerns about the implications of having Chinese authorities setting and monitoring identity protocols in the metaverse,

raising questions for governments worldwide about the kind of immersive world they would want to endorse.

The long-term implications and potential influence of these proposals on the metaverse ecosystem are now under scrutiny as the focus group prepares for further deliberations.

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