China’s Social Credit System (SCS) is an artificial intelligence supported system seeking to enhance moral behaviour, financial reliability and social control. It is one of the most significant examples of radical digital innovation and to date the largest attempt made in social engineering. Its effects transcend China as it affects foreign companies and individuals present in China – including those from Bavaria and elsewhere in Germany.
Against this background, our interdisciplinary project investigated the opportunities and risks derived from China’s SCS-driven digital transformation and its impact on governments, firms and society generally in Bavaria and throughout the whole of Germany. To this end, we build on the team’s expertise in SCS’s technical structure from an informatics perspective; cooperation and competition between Chinese and foreign firms from an economics perspective; and the SCS’s impact on global governance and diffusion processes from a political science perspective.
The project was completed by 30 June, 2023.
Dr. Christoph Egle
Managing Director, bidt
Prof. Dr. Jens Großklags
Chair of Cyber Trust at the Department of Informatics, Technical University of Munich
Prof. Dr. Doris Fischer
Chair of China Business and Economics, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Prof. Dr. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt
Chair of European and Global Governance, TUM School of Governance
Research Associate, Chair of Cyber Trust | Technical University of Munich
Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate, Chair of China Business and Economics | Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Prof. Dr. Omar Ramon Serrano Oswald
Professor of Global and Intercultural Management, Institute for Marketing & Global Management | Bern University of Applied Sciences
Research Assistant, Chair of Cyber Trust | Technical University of Munich
Doctoral Candidate, Chair of China Business and Economics | Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Benjamin Lee Cheng Han
Doctoral Candidate and Research Associate, Chair of European and Global Governance | TUM School of Governance
Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate, Chair of Cyber Trust | Technical University of Munich