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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Senate Democrats Circulate Plans to Take Control of Internet Including Regulations on Political Speech

The Democrats Are Restless

From Reason Magazine:
A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on Russian bots and fake news. To save American trust in “our institutions, democracy, free press, and markets,” it suggests, we need unprecedented and undemocratic government intervention into online press and markets, including “comprehensive (GDPR-like) data protection legislation” of the sort enacted in the E.U. 
Titled “Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms,” the draft policy paper—penned by Sen. Mark Warner and leaked by an unknown source to Axios—the paper starts out by noting that Russians have long spread disinformation, including when “the Soviets tried to spread ‘fake news’ denigrating Martin Luther King” (here he fails to mention that the Americans in charge at the time did the same). But NOW IT’S DIFFERENT, because technology. 
“Today’s tools seem almost built for Russian disinformation techniques,” Warner opines. And the ones to come, he assures us, will be even worse. Here’s how Warner is suggesting we deal: 
Mandatory location verification. The paper suggests forcing social media platforms to authenticate and disclose the geographic origin of all user accounts or posts. 
Mandatory identity verification: The paper suggests forcing social media and tech platforms to authenticate user identities and only allow “authentic” accounts (“inauthentic accounts not only pose threats to our democratic process…but undermine the integrity of digital markets”), with “failure to appropriately address inauthentic account activity” punishable as “a violation of both SEC disclosure rules and/or Section 5 of the [Federal Trade Commission] Act.” 
Bot labeling: Warner’s paper suggests forcing companies to somehow label bots or be penalized (no word from Warner on how this is remotely feasible) Define popular tech as “essential facilities.” 
These would be subject to all sorts of heightened rules and controls, says the paper, offering Google Maps as an example of the kinds of apps or platforms that might count. 
“The law would not mandate that a dominant provider offer the serve for free,” writes Warner. “Rather, it would be required to offer it on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms” provided by the government. 
Other proposals include more disclosure requirements for online political speech, more spending to counter supposed cybersecurity threats, more funding for the Federal Trade Commission, a requirement that companies’ algorithms can be audited by the feds (and this data shared with universities and others), and a requirement of “interoperability between dominant platforms.”
 GO READ THE WHOLE THING.

THE LAST ENGLISH PRINCE SAYS:

Mandatory identity verification?

Average Americans use this:

http://anonymouse.org/

I have a TOR browser installed that bounces my IP from Belgium to Paris to...

There is nothing nefarious about the majority of us wanting anonymity for certain targeted searches.

Political speech is a protected right. If not, then we have no need for Congressman on the hill to hold press conferences. It is also political speech.

Freedom of speech is the vortex for societal homeostasis. It must be afforded all. And let the government sort out the bad guys without degrading Constitutional right.
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1 Comments:

Anonymous thelastenglishprince said...

Mandatory identity verification:

Average Americans use this:

http://anonymouse.org/

I have a TOR browser installed that bounces my IP from Belgium to Paris to...

There is nothing nefarious about the majority of us wanting anonymity for certain targeted searches.

Political speech is a protected right. If not, then we have no need for Congressman on the hill to hold press conferences. It is also political speech.

Freedom of speech is the vortex for societal homeostasis. It must be afforded all. And let the government sort out the bad guys without degrading Constitutional right.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 1:14:00 pm  

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