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In The Tank (ep165) – State Policy and the Midterms, China Social Credit Scores

November 9, 2018

Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft are back in episode #165 of the In The Tank Podcast. This week, we talk Midterm Elections, Uber, and China's Social Credit Score system.

Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft are back in episode #165 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. 

Donny and John start of the episode discussing the results of the 2018 Midterm Elections as well as the policy implications. John explains how, based on the results of various ballot measures, Republicans seemed to have won on energy and taxes, but lost on health care topics. 

Next Donny talks about a recent controversy involving Uber and a few Ottawa Senators players. Recently, a video recorded by a Uber driver's in-car camera showed a handful of Ottawa Senators players making fun of their coach and fellow players. Donny asks John about the privacy concerns that arise from this situation. 

Then, John asks Donny about his thoughts on a proposed bill in New York that would allow government officials to look through years of a person's social media and web searches if said person wanted to purchase a firearm.

Last, Donny asks John what he thinks about China's new Social Credit Score system. This score is based on a person's legal infractions, purchasing patterns, and even their web presence. Depending on your score, you are granted (or denied) certain perks in regards to credit rates, travel, and even home buying. Can a system like this happen in America?

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute and the host of Heartland's "In the Tank" podcast. @InTheTankPod
John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 and left in January of 2019.