Critical Approaches to Social Credit Systems Conference

Room 2.07, AAU, Prague

This one-day conference brings together scholars, public policy practitioners, and interested members of the public on the imminently significant topic of social credit systems. Recent years have seen great attention placed on China’s development of government-led monitoring systems of civilian behavior, yet with the rapid trajectory of technological progress, it is likely that in the near future, such systems will not be limited to one-party states such as China nor to economically developed societies.

  • What roles can institutions play in potentially checking and balancing the development of social credit systems?
  • How do such systems relate to the public and private sector?
  • Are particular economic configurations likelier to spawn social credit systems?
  • What percentage of adult populations would voluntarily succumb to being monitored by their government?

These questions, along with a range of others, will be posed and debated in academic format with presenters and discussants.


Part 1. The general role of technology and economics in social credit systems

  • 9:45 Opening Remarks, Dr. Silviya Lechner (Anglo-American University)
  • 10:00 – Presenter: Dr. Alexei Anisin (Anglo-American University) – “Heidegger and Technological Encircling: Are Social Credit Systems Inevitable?”
    Discussant: Dr. Jacob Maze (Anglo-American University)
  • 10:45 – Presenter: Dr. Gabriele Meissner (Anglo-American University) – “Trapped in the Metaverse: How Tech Companies use our data to control and influence our behavior”
    Discussant: Dr. Alexei Anisin (Anglo-American University)
  • 11:30 – Presenter: Dr. Jacob Maze (Anglo-American University) – “Panopticon Perfected? Disciplinary Power and China’s Social Credit System”
    Discussant: Dr. Silviya Lechner (Anglo-American University)
  • 12:30 – Lunch / Refreshments

Part 2. Country specific social credit systems – law and surveillance

This Conference is hosted by the School of International Relations & Diplomacy.