“Codogno, a town in Italy’s north, is introducing a social credit style app, local authorities have announced. It will be happening via the EcoAttivi app, to be used ‘to certify virtuous behavior’ via geo-localization and QR codes.”

“The app’s users will be given ‘points’ if they behave a certain, proscribed way in their environmental, cultural, and social activities, and in exchange, the ‘virtuous behavior’ will get rewarded by discount coupons. Business entities will be giving these discounts – and then the municipality will refund the money to those companies.

So what’s the net gain here? The idea is to ‘train’ people to adopt certain habits they otherwise may have no interest in or are incompatible with their lifestyles, and thus in the long run allow the authorities to benefit from the system.”