The IMF is considering a system similar to that in China: a social credit system based on internet usage and searches. But is this just a huge data grab?
In an episode of the popular Netflix original Black Mirror, titled “Nosedive,” people can rate each other from one to five stars for every interaction they have, which can impact their socioeconomic status.
If the idea that other people could (with one click) rate your liberties, your life, and your lawful pursuit of happiness out of existence seems creepy … that’s because it is.
But even worse, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) wants to turn the idea of a social credit system into a reality.
“IMF researchers Arnoud Boot, Peter Hoffmann, Luc Laeven, and Lev Ratnovski called for Internet search history to be tied to credit score,” according to an official blog post.
To make this liberty-stealing idea more palatable, the IMF employs the smokescreen of “necessity,” claiming it needs to compete with next year’s Facebook crypto as one reason to take a peek at what you search for on the Internet.
The IMF innocently claims this data can help banks provide access to credit for people with little credit history.
But the reality is much darker, should the IMF get its way…
Of course, you can make the case that these companies should be able to operate their business as they see fit. But no matter what you think about their decision to remove users, it does set a dangerous precedent.
- What if the Government leverages the monopoly these companies hold on the public discourse for nefarious purposes?
- What if they collude with corporate monopolies to remove any discourse they don’t like, so they can control the flow of information?
- What if banks join the action, using your Internet search history as leverage against you instead of for credit approval?
If you have political ideas those banks don’t like, or if you criticize them by leaving a bad review, they (or the Government) could use your search history to cut you off from your money.
So if you give these banks access to your search history, the U.S. could see a more widespread repeat of Operation Choke Point.
Not to mention, if the “social credit system” is implemented in the U.S., much like it already is in China, your access to basic financial services could be put in jeopardy.
Your entire social standing could be based on your search history, or any other private data the IMF and large banks gain access to.
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