Chinese President Xi Jinping said ‘there can be no modernization without computerization’ and laid out a strategy for how the world’s most populous nation will use information technology to transform society and government .
A document released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) quotes Xi as saying that “informatization has brought a unique opportunity to the Chinese nation” and outlines a series of digital transformation tasks to be carried out as part of the 14th five annual plan (2021-2026) to achieve the desired level of digitization.
A development touted as taking Chinese society to its next level of digitalization is the creation of a “one card” that will extend China’s existing digital social security card which serves for employment and insurance. social. The proposed card will add integration of government services, drug and drug purchases, grant management and more.
The plan is for the card to run on a “big platform” that uses blockchain and extensive data sharing to link government applications such as Social Security, Labor Market and Health Services.
A single portal for access to government digital services is also envisaged.
To further harness the digital potential, the country will rely on big data – which China also intends to improve, according to the document. The improvement will take the form of collecting and aggregating, sharing and digitizing historical data to form a unified national application resource.
These electronic libraries are designed to provide services such as data matching, status checking, photo identification and trend analysis, with data shared between departments and companies.
The last two objectives are to improve service levels and the security of newly integrated digital systems, and thus encourage citizens to make greater use of online services.
Beijing wants it all to be accessible with a network security protection system that adapts to the times – offering unrivaled data security and privacy.
The CAC had a busy Thursday as it also warned it would continue its crackdown on livestreams – the infomercials that have become a prominent feature of Chinese e-commerce. Those who falsify viewership numbers for sales data will be punished, while those paid to write online reviews or create online rumors will face greater scrutiny. Meanwhile, banned live streamers who are judged by the CAC for flaunting social norms will not be able to return to their platforms.
The CAC has signaled that it plans to take a closer look at not only those who manipulate algorithms for their own nefarious benefit, but also the algorithms themselves. It is indeed a brave new world. ®