World financial leaders want to adopt China’s nefarious system to determine credit using a person’s internet history

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by Michael Haynes, LifeSite News:

March 12, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In a blog post on its website, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) proposed a system of social credit scoring similar to the kind already in use in Communist China that would determine people’s credit eligibility based on internet history, leading to concerns that such a system could be turned against anyone who opposes the will of financial and globalist leaders.

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The concepts that the IMF proposes are already being quietly promoted and practiced, notably in China, but also in the U.K., where trials are underway involving widespread covert internet surveillance and data recording.

The blog post in question, entitled “What is really new in Fintech,” appeared on the IMF website in December 2020 and was drawn up by four men: Arnoud Boot, a professor of finance at the University of Amsterdam; Peter Hoffmann and Luc Laeven, both economists with the European Central Bank; and Lev Ratnovski, an economist with the IMF but currently with the European Central Bank.

It addressed the questions of how new innovations would change the face of finance, as well as the “challenges” that these developments would bring, particularly with regard to the growing challenge to traditional banking, which is posed by the rise of Big Tech.

In response to this issue, the paper proposed a system of social credit born out of one’s online activities. It pointed to “information,” which the authors described as having “new tools to collect and analyze data on customers, for example for determining creditworthiness.”

Credit scoring the future of finance

In a section entitled “New types of information,” the authors casually revealed how online activities could, and seemingly already are, being used to determine a social credit score. “The most transformative information innovation is the increase in use of new types of data coming from the digital footprint of customers’ various online activities — mainly for credit-worthiness analysis.”

The article continued, “Credit scoring using so-called hard information (income, employment time, assets and debts) is nothing new.” But the authors next noted two problems: first, that accurate data was hard to come by, and second, that some people may not have enough “hard data available.”

In order to cope with these issues, the IMF blog proposed “tapping various non-financial data.” This would include “the type of browser and hardware used to access the internet, the history of online searches and purchases.” Such digital tracking could render more reliable results in determining credit, the article argued.

In the paper that the four researchers wrote, they stated that “combining credit scores and digital footprint further improves loan default predictions.” Their proposal was based on previous “credit scoring and securitization,” the authors argued, adding that “(t)he key new development is the abundance of non-financial data, including from digital footprints, which can be used in financial services provision.”

Reporting on the paper, Gizmodo wrote that its authors “believe that this approach could result in greater lending to borrowers who would potentially be denied by traditional financial institutions.”

While the actual paper and subsequent blog post are relatively short, the message promoted under the banner of the IMF is by no means inconsequential. By using the “digital footprint,” i.e. an individual’s online history, as a means for “credit-worthiness analysis,” the IMF is essentially proposing a scheme that is set to be manipulated at the whim of whoever is in control. The blog post argued that internet history could be used to improve the accurate assessment of credit “worthiness,” but left unsaid was what would happen to anyone who was deemed not worthy enough to qualify.

Totalitarian origins

The IMF’s plan seems to be drawn straight from the policies of China’s Communist Party (CCP). Over the past number of years, China has been developing and implementing a social credit system, whereby Chinese citizens are given certain permissions (or not) in society depending on their social credit score. All elements of life are drawn from when tabulating the score, be it official or government records, documentation about illegal behavior, or even reports filed by neighbors.

Steven Mosher, founder of the Population Research Institute and regular LifeSiteNews columnist, described the system in 2019. Mosher painted the picture in which normal and essential aspects of daily life depended upon the one’s score in the system: “A low social credit score will exclude you from well-paid jobs, make it impossible for you to get a house or a car loan or even book a hotel room. The government will slow down your internet connection, ban your children from attending private schools and even post your profile on a public blacklist for all to see.”

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