Newsom Boasts Over Mass Child Surveillance Program

In a recent announcement, Governor Gavin Newsom of California released details about a significant milestone in developing the state’s novel student data monitoring system, the Cradle-to-Career Data System. This groundbreaking announcement came shortly after his return from a diplomatic trip to China.

California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System is a revolutionary tool that uses data to help students achieve their career and education aspirations. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the system has started its integration process, incorporating over 1 billion data points received in its first installment.

The system has been developed to evaluate students utilizing a range of metrics. These include attendance during K-12 education, LGBT identification, parental educational background, instances of foster youth status, and homelessness, as specified on the Cradle-to-Career website.

In his statement, Governor Newsom lauded this innovative system as a transformative tool that would enhance the quality of life for millions of Californians. He emphasized how the system would identify opportunities for improvement in education and workforce access.

The Governor’s office later clarified that the Cradle-to-Career system should not be interpreted as “surveillance” and that its announcement was unrelated to the Governor’s recent China visit.
Per the press statement, the data system California’s Government Operations Agency will roll out will offer detailed insights into career outcomes and education, workforce trends, and other vital areas. It aims to help students and their families plan, apply, and pay for college while assisting educators in student monitoring.

Moreover, it will enable researchers and advocates to scrutinize data from various sources to shape policy and promote educational equity.

The announcement of this system came after a Daily Caller News Foundation story revealed that Newsom’s China visit was facilitated by the Chinese People’s Association For Friendship With Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), an influence operation with links to the Chinese Communist Party. During his stay in Beijing, Newsom met with high-ranking officials from CPAFFC and attended the Great Wall Climate Dialogue hosted by the organization.

In light of these events, it’s worth noting that China 2014 introduced a new “social credit” system, as per a government report. This system evaluates users across five dimensions: credit history, contract fulfillment ability, personal characteristics, behavior and preference, and social relationships. Users may lose social credit points for smoking in restricted areas, criminal activity, and spreading false information, among other things.