By: Diane Benjamin
The above link is to a Business Insider story about China monitoring its citizens in order to control them. A Social Credit score is assigned based on your activities, a low score means you are a threat to the regime.
The story lists 10 ways China gathers data, I picked 4:
In March of 2020 Normal paid $18,000 for this: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3580
Tonight Normal is renewing this membership: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3962
What is Zencity? See their website: https://zencity.io/case_studies/how-meriden-used-social-media-to-encourage-social-distancing-resident-safety/
That is a link to how Meridan Ct. uses this software. Lots of cities are featured, including Decatur.
Decatur used the software to gauge public opinion on where Cares Act money needed to be used. They likely got accurate input from citizens because helping small businesses was at the top.
Meridan has this quote in their synopsis:
If you didn’t notice a couple of strange items, read it again.
Meriden population is 59,053 and dropping. Normal hired a communications manager about a year ago, is using this software her job?
If you haven’t figured it out, Zencity has the ability to monitor social media. Their website has examples of how public opinion is shaped by finding out what is being said.
Of course Normal will say they aren’t spying on citizens. Keep in mind, these are the same people who don’t want to hear from citizens because they disrupt their “business meeting”.
Zencity is a software that can be used for good. It is also one that can be used for very bad. If you trust government to only use it for good you need to study history. Unless government has limited abilities it will turn to tyranny.
See more about Zencity on their website, page down: https://zencity.io/zencity-for-cities/