Five Eyes Want to ‘Name and Shame’ by Exercising Absolute Power Over the Internet
It’s becoming all too clear where the global censorship effort is headed. With tech giants now a willing dongle to government, the infrastructure is in place to decide what is ‘foreign interference’ and who will be taken down next. Now, a legal framework to scale it out to the masses is being planned.
As seen  in The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the United States, also known as the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence partners, want more access and authority to target Internet users that “sow discord, manipulate public discourse, bias the development of policy, or disrupt markets.” The article continues:
“Foreign interference threatens a nation’s sovereignty, values and national interests — it can limit or shape the polity’s ability to make independent judgements, erode public confidence in our political and government institutions, and interfere with private-sector decision making,” a joint communiqué read.
“While senior digital industry representatives did not accept our invitation to participate in discussions on pressing issues regarding the illicit use of online spaces, we reiterated the need for digital industry to take more responsibility for content promulgated and communicated through their platforms and applications.”
The communiqué also asserted an “urgent need for law enforcement to gain targeted access to data” subject to legal safeguards and for providers to voluntarily assist with investigations.
During the Gold Coast meeting, the group also referenced ‘hostile nations’ in the context of online platforms – a term that gets tossed around endlessly but nobody really knows what it’s supposed to represent. To this day, there has been no hard evidence presented to the public, for example, proving the Russian government colluded or interfered in the 2016 US Presidential Election.
We’ve even witnessed 21WIRE and many of our colleagues in alternative and independent media labeled ridiculously as ‘agents of the Kremlin’ for simply reporting the truth and informing the public of the news and information not being covering in the mainstream corporate-owned media.
Given that many of us are citizens of the ‘Five Eyes’ countries, are we to be considered foreign hostile actors interfering with domestic politics?
It’s time to reclaim the conversation and expose this for what it is: digital tyranny.
(TLB) published this article from 21Wire where it first appeared with our appreciation for the coverage of this most important issue.
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