In a moderated conversation with two expert speakers, we will explore ‘Social Credit’, the much discussed, but little understood effort by the Chinese state to monitor and shape citizen behaviour. For the state, the promise of integrating previously separated databases ostensibly enables it to promote trustworthiness in the economic sphere as well as in other areas of society. Hence the government slogan: “whoever violates the rules somewhere shall be restricted everywhere.” Social Credit has raised many concerns, especially outside of China, due to its punitive nature and its use of blacklists, leading many critics to invoke the world imagined by George Orwell in 1984. But how accurate is this Orwellian narrative, and how helpful is it in understanding this system? And how Social Credit compare to attempts by governments elsewhere to control and monitor behavior?