New social credit app to reward Italian citizens for ‘virtuous behavior’

ER Editor: We run 2 stories here about the same phenomenon. We really RECOMMEND watching the 3 minute Thales video on what this type of app does and how it is pushed. Thales is a transportation company, but their video doesn’t really have that element. NOTE THAT IT CONTAINS A MANDATORY VACCINE element posed cheerfully for this young student who is at an age where she does not know where to go. It’s completely sinister.

We remind readers that Italy was the first EU country where the Covid panic and ridiculous lockdowns started after China set it all in motion.

The time has come: in the autumn there will be the first social credit system on European soil. In Italy, in Bologna, there is a “pilot project”. Virtuous behavior will earn points redeemable for rewards.

The social credit system is getting serious. Originally a Chinese innovation, the EU has now adopted the societal control system of “social credit”. The first model will arrive in Europe in the fall. The “intelligent citizen wallet”.

The social credit system arrives in Europe

First, the app is voluntary and works much like a typical social credit system. Virtuous citizens who sort waste, use public transport and do not collect administrative fines will collect “points”. The rewards that can then be redeemed for the points are “being defined”, said Massimo Bugano, who works on the project for the newspaper “Corriere di Bologna”. The municipal administration of Bologna still has some time, the project should start after the summer.

The citizen can thus be sorted for the first time in Europe. It is divided between the virtuous good citizen and the blamed bad citizen. The following questions are obvious: “Those who do not conform to the criteria of the dominant ideology, or to what is considered virtuous by some politicians, should they first be punished by deprivation of benefits before being marginalized? What becomes of those who refuse to comply, who persist in exercising their inalienable right to free will? ‘ asks French journalist Yannick Chatelain.

The lawyers calm down. “Of course” participation in the project is voluntary. However, it is believed that many citizens will participate, after all there are many benefits to be gained.

Chatelain: “You don’t need to be a great visionary to imagine what will happen: in my opinion, there will first be those who will accept. Participation is presented by its initiators – in an extremely reductive way (cf. economic crisis, purchasing power, uncertain future) – as a first proof of the civic will of some. As for the refusals, they can be singled out.

Numeric identity

How voluntary will the system still be in a few years? Interaction with authority may require a “smart citizen wallet” in the future. Not in the fall, but the evolution is undeniable. Also in Austria: the “ID Austria” replaces the “Bürgerkarte” and the “Handysignature” and constitutes a decisive step towards the Austrian “smart citizen”.

And in the background, the big project is running on a large scale: the “European Digital Identity Wallet” – a project of the European Commission and Ursula von der Leyen. Behind all the projects there is still no open social credit system like there is in Bologna, but this is clearly a step in the right direction. One more little “feature” on the app and the sorting of citizens by authority can begin. At the same time, a hidden obligation to use smartphones is developing: First, the driver’s license can be scanned, but the analog ID will still be accepted. But at some point, not anymore. So that means: smartphone ID or no driver’s license.

The European Commission has acted extremely ambitiously in the shadow of the so-called “corona pandemic”. According to the “Thales group”, which is working on the development of the “European ID wallet”, the Commission wants every EU citizen to be offered such an app by autumn 2023.

Here is a promotional video from fall 2020. You should listen very carefully.

The EU also says, as in Bologna: the app is a voluntary offer – for those who want to use it. Recall the “Corona aid packages” for individual companies: these could only be requested with the “mobile phone signature”. What will be the first state benefit that can only be obtained with the digital identity application?

What is also “practical” in the Bologna project, like the Commission, is that the “app” is called “wallet”. It is therefore also a digital wallet. Money can be found in the wallet. The central bank’s digital money – some say the wet dream of Europe’s technocracy – can then be stored in the “smart citizen wallet”. And if you’re good, you get interest on your own wallet.

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BOLOGNA, Italy (LifeSiteNews) — A new app recently launched in Italy bears striking similarities to China’s social credit system by rewarding certain citizens for their behavior with a points system.

‘Smart Citizen Wallet’ was presented at a press conference on digital innovation on March 29 in Bologna, where Mayor Matteo Lepore and Massimo Bugani, director of the city’s ‘Digital Agenda’, discussed the project.

According to the local newspaper Corriere de Bologna, who describes the concept as “similar to a collection of supermarket items”, (ER: what innocence!) the application is already active in Rome, where it is currently in the experimental phase. It should be launched in Bologna this fall.

Citizens using the app will be rewarded for things like recycling, using public transport, being energy efficient and not being fined.

So-called “virtuous” behaviors will allow citizens to improve their score and earn points that they can “spend” on various rewards such as discounts and free cultural activities.

Discussing the project at the March 29 conference, Bugani explained that the app was part of a wider effort by the city of Bologna to invest in digital innovation.

“What we call a new ‘water system’ for the city is being built,” he said.

“In the coming years, many services will go digital in Italy; here we have an ambitious project that rests on solid foundations.

Bugani said the new smart citizen wallet app will be made available to Bologna citizens after this summer.

“Obviously no one will be forced to participate,” he said.

He believes, however, that “a lot of people will want to participate”.

“We want them to understand that they are not ‘losers’, but that their behavior is rewarded,” Bugnani explained.

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Some journalists, writers and bloggers in Italy, France and Germany have pointed out that the concept behind the app has striking similarities with the Chinese social credit system. This too rewards citizens according to a points system.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by many social media users either. Twitter user Nat described the project as “terrifying”.

Others pointed to similarities with other digital projects such as Thales’ digital ID wallet, and warned that such projects could enable the government to usher in a social credit system like China’s in the West. .

Privacy Network, an Italian technology company specializing in digital privacy, has published a statement on its website that warns against the legal, ethical and social implications such apps.

“These practices, if poorly developed or used, can lead to serious limitations and violations of the rights and freedoms of citizens, as well as to discriminatory practices, which are also carried out by technological means, such as systems of ” social credit” (or social rating)“, we read in the press release.

“Our concern is heightened by the fact that similar systems have already been introduced in other Italian cities; first in Rome, where the Smart Citizen Wallet is already being tested.

Privacy Network said it sent a legal request for information on the methods and characteristics of any processing of personal data used by the application, the methods of use of artificial intelligence or automated systems, as well as the names of the suppliers and third parties involved. in the realization of the project.

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