Media blackout as politicians in EU, US, UK, Brazil, Ireland, Canada, and Australia seek to outlaw wrongthink
I had previously reported on Brazil’s push to censorship. Either in a post or in the comments. If not, Brazil’s Fake News Lie ….
So we’ll all be ostensibly protected from ‘disinformation’ Canada and the US as well as the UK are well on their tyrannical way.
Politicians, NGOs, and their enablers in the news media claim that their goal is merely to protect the public from “disinformation.” But vague definitions and loopholes in new laws will create avenues for broad application, overreach, and abuse.
In Ireland, for example, the government may soon be able to imprison citizens simply for possessing material that officials decide is “hateful.” Under the RESTRICT Act in the US, the government may soon have the authority to monitor the Internet activity of any American deemed a security risk.
Governments aim for total control. In Canada, a state agency can filter and manipulate what Canadians see online. In Australia, a single government official can compel social media companies to remove posts.
Governments and allied NGOs intend to force tech companies to comply with their rules. UK lawmakers have threatened to imprison social media managers who don’t censor enough content.
And Brazil has introduced severe penalties for platforms that fail to remove “fake news.
NGO’s = NO GOOD ORGANIZATIONS
The key area of action is the European Union. It is seeking sweeping new powers to regulate social media companies. And if it acts, it may change how social media companies operate worldwide, given the EU’s economic power and influence globally.
Under the EU’s Digital Services Act, large tech companies must share their data with “vetted researchers” from non-profits and academia, which would cede content moderation to NGOs and their state sponsors.
The US’s RESTRICT Act, sponsored by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), threatens 20 years in prison or a $250,000 fine for accessing blacklisted websites through “virtual private networks,” or VPNs, which are ways to create a private connection between a computer or phone and the Internet.
There has been no moment similar to this one in the roughly 30 years of widespread public Internet usage in Western societies.
Officials have introduced these policies mostly in the dead of night with little publicity or outcry. There has been a virtual blackout of what’s happening by mainstream news media corporations, with many appearing to support the new laws.
As shown with the Twitter Files, the Censorship Industrial Complex is as much about discrediting accurate facts, true narratives, and content creators who threaten its power while boosting the ones that do.
We are thus witnessing the emergence of a governmental apparatus with the power to control the information environment in ways that determine what people believe to be true and what is false.
As such, it is no exaggeration to say that the West is on the cusp of a new and much more powerful form of totalitarianism than either Communism or Fascism, which were limited in their reach by geography.
The timing of the global crackdown on free speech does not appear to be coincidental.
That global crackdown included Brazil- that’s plainly clear
Last year, the Biden administration tried to create a department of censorship (“Disinformation Governance Board”) at the Department of Homeland Security that triggered a strong enough backlash to shut it down.
The censorship board was the brainchild of “former” CIA Fellow Renee DiResta of the Stanford Internet Observatory and her allies, including Senator Warner, The Atlantic Council, the University of Washington, and Graphika.
What’s happening now appears to represent the re-grouping of censorship advocacy that occurred after that defeat. With some notable exceptions, the demand for censorship is being driven by center-Left parties, with NGOs playing a subservient role.
Politicians are invoking a woke defense of “preventing harm” that is very different from the older pretext for censorship, national security. The push is race-based, immigration-based (e.g., Ireland), trans-based (e.g., Ireland and Australia), and safety- or health-based (e.g., the EU).
None of the politicians advocating censorship appear to be intellectual heavyweights, much less leaders. (that’s plainly obvious) Rather, they all appear to be tools for powerful government and financial interests, including military and intelligence leaders, hiding in the shadows.
The Brazil law proposes censorship to protect institutions from violence and institutional delegitimation following last year’s attack on Congress, which was eerily similar to the January 6 security failure in Washington, D.C.
In Canada, politicians are advocating censorship in the name of promoting Canadian culture and content, but some critics of the bill speculate that it was crafted in response to the trucker “Freedom Convoy” in 2021. The convoy was celebrated on YouTube and social media and inaccurately maligned as “racist” in the mainstream Canadian press.
The Ottawhiners and the state financed media were the most disgraceful and malignant abusers and disinformation spreaders in Canada
The article is lengthy and indepth. My suggestion is that everyone reads it in full- Or one day, places like mine, will simply be disappeared down the state sponsored censorship hole. It’s already happened to me once.