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News Media Bargaining Code incentivizes Facebook to push establishment-friendly ‘Big Media’ at the expense of grassroots journalism

When Facebook pulled the plug on the news in Australia, many wanted to frame the stand off as good vs. bad. Overreaching evil tech giant vs. the people, represented by their government. That is not reality. The government does not represent the people. The Australian government wanted a News Media Bargaining Code that would reshape the journalism industry in a way that was favourable to themselves. That is exactly what they have got. Facebook wanted to continue to enjoy the freedom to dictate…


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With a net worth of over $80 billion, is Mark Zuckerberg too rich to be held accountable? It certainly seems that way. As the CEO of Facebook, he bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. The man who also owns Whatsapp has such a powerful monopoly in the tech industry, it seems as though he cannot be regulated.

Yesterday Swarajya reported that in Italy Facebook had been fined €7 million euros for breaching consumer codes. The social media giant was accused of ‘Deceptively persuading users to register on the platform’ without informing them that their data would be collected for…


Proposals for improved citizen data ownership and punishments for companies that repress open discussion

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The world is still coming to terms with how to regulate Big Tech’s influence on socio-political discussion. The behemoths of Silicon Valley find themselves as the gatekeepers of the online public square; but they are not elected officials, they are not qualified to determine which information is acceptable or what qualifies as acceptable discourse. In addition to this, their retention of enormous caches of personal data is extremely problematic.

In the United States, notions of removing Article 230 protections for tech companies have been floated…


The People vs. Wall Street, and the Media

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Populism is back. And it’s got seriously potent tools for a modern day class war - Memes. Yes, really. Wall Street is trembling with fear as Redditers and Twitterers continue to post rocket and moon emojis alongside crudely photoshopped images of dogs in spaceships.

#WallStreetBets has utilised the people’s strength in numbers to turn the tables on the billionaire class. The memes have driven up the prices of stocks that the rich had bet on sinking.

The television propaganda corporations have tried to pull the legs out from under the people but…


Biden Fills Cabinet With Obama-Era War Hawks Whilst He Invades Syria

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He told the world ‘Nothing will fundamentally change’, and Joe Biden has already proven to be true to his word. He will indeed continue the violent American tradition of pursuing global hegemony by invading and interfering with sovereign nations.

Imperialism was a hallmark of the Obama administration. With Joe Biden serving as Vice President, the US dropped bombs on Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.

For his cabinet, Biden has selected Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry, his National Security Advisor Tony Blinken and former White House…


Those Who Warned of ‘Slippery Slope’ Vindicated Almost Immediately As Ron Paul Finds Himself Amongst Those Gagged

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When Donald Trump was purged from the internet by Big Tech in the aftermath of the chaos at Capitol Hill, anyone with a basic understanding of the nature of these tech companies saw the writing on the wall. The censorship was never going to end there.

It only took a few days for the fears of authoritarian control of global discourse to be justified. When they gagged a sitting President, Zuckerberg and the other silicon valley oligarchs tasted a new level of…


Capitol Hill fallout is indicative of the swollen powers wielded in Silicon Valley

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When conspiracy theorists in horned helmets stormed Capitol Hill, it hammered home the extent of the societal divide in the United States. Having been lead astray by ‘Q Anon’ accounts on the internet, a number of people broke in, in the belief that they were saving the country from a satanic cult. Trump himself has leaned into this, because he’s a narcissist and he knew it would bring in votes.

Five people died, including a police officer and a young woman who was shot at point blank…


Radical ‘Act For The Freedom To Express One’s Views And Obtain And Disseminate Information On The Internet’.

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There are a huge array of opinions when it comes to freedom of expression and the duty of social media companies to facilitate it. This reality is now manifesting itself in related laws implemented by nation-states. Canada and the United Kingdom seem to be moving towards a situation in which they would fine companies like Facebook for failing to remove content deemed inappropriate. …


Gabbard and Gosar lead the bipartisan fight against the technocracy

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We are seemingly on the precipice of making seismic changes in the way we allow Big Tech to operate within our society. The issue of censorship and the debates about the flow of information are bringing people from all over the political spectrum together.

In the United States Democratic representative and presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard has joined forces with Republican Paul Gosar to introduce the ‘Break Up Big Tech Act of 2020’ — or BUBTA.

Gabbard’s website states that the bill is designed to ‘Remove legal immunity from Big Tech’…


Democratic Veteran Supports Trump’s Condemnation of Section 230

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As it currently stands, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act ensures that ‘No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider’. The problem is that companies like Facebook and Twitter are essentially the modern equivalent of the public square. They host the vast majority of digital discussions. They are also able to exclude and censor whoever they want on a whim. They decide what is acceptable discourse and who is allowed to partake in…

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