The reality, so far, appears more benign, but the authoritarian potential is there. Sesame Credit, for now, seems to just track volume of personal purchases, bill payments, credit card payments, location, and friends on the network. According to The Independent, Sesame Credit will be mandatory for all citizens by 2020. There's definitely potential for abuse, especially if credit scores can sink based on poorly ranked friends, but there isn't anything yet that clearly links credit to government preferred behavior. At best, that leaves us with this hauntingly weak conclusion: the system isn't explicitly dystopian yet, but it has all the pieces to be dystopian at a moment's notice. Download it today, citizen!