The New Global Ministry of truth

By Tom Parker,

Pro-censorship governments unite.

The United States (US) and 60 partner countries, including the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Australia, and members of the European Union (EU), have signed a sweeping “Declaration for the Future of the Internet” which commits to bolstering “resilience to disinformation and misinformation” and somehow upholding free speech rights while also censoring “harmful” content.

The White House framed the declaration as something that supports freedom and privacy by focusing on its commitments to protect human rights, the free flow of information, and privacy. The EU put out similar talking points and claimed that those who signed the declaration support a future internet that’s open, free, global, interoperable, reliable, and secure.

However, the commitments in the declaration are vague and often conflicting. For example, the declaration makes multiple commitments to upholding freedom of expression yet also commits to bolstering “resilience to disinformation and misinformation.” It also contains the seemingly contradictory commitment of ensuring “the right to freedom of expression” is protected when governments and platforms censor content that they deem to be harmful.

Furthermore, many of the governments that signed this declaration are currently pushing sweeping online censorship laws or openly supporting online censorship.

For example, just a few days ago, the Biden administration called for private companies to censor online “misinformation” – the latest of many similar calls. The EU also recently passed its Digital Services Act (DSA) which contains requirements to censor “hate speech” and “misinformation.”

Some government officials, including Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry François-Philippe Champagne and UK Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) Secretary of State Nadine Dorries, even mentioned their country’s online censorship laws during the live launch of this Declaration for the Future of the Internet.

“The vision outlined in this declaration aligns very well with the many initiatives we are working on here in Canada, including our Digital Charter,” Champagne said.

Canada’s Digital Charter was launched in 2019 and threatens platforms with “meaningful financial consequences” if they fail to fight online “hate” and “disinformation.”

“I am enormously encouraged to see online safety is a key principle of that declaration,” Dorries said. “As the UK’s Digital Secretary, doing more to protect people online is one of my main priorities – and last month, I was proud to introduce a groundbreaking Online Safety Bill to the UK Parliament that will make the internet safer for everyone.”

The UK’s Online Safety Bill will give the government sweeping censorship powers, censor some “legal but harmful” content, and criminalize “harmful” and “false” communications.

Like the commitments to freedom of expression, the declaration’s commitments to privacy are also being made by governments that engage in or allow mass surveillance.

For example, the EU is allowing the linking of face recognition databases to create a mega surveillance system. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently boosted its social media surveillance technology. And the outgoing London Metropolitan police commissioner recently congratulated herself on extending the surveillance state.

While the current signatories of this declaration are governments, the White House plans to work with “the private sector, international organizations, the technical community, academia and civil society, and other relevant stakeholders worldwide to promote, foster, and achieve” the “shared vision” of this Declaration for the Future of the Internet.

Big Tech companies such as Facebook and Google have already welcomed this declaration.

“It’s great to see countries coming together today to launch the Declaration for the Future of the Internet (DFI),” Google’s Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Karan Bhatia, wrote in a blog post. “We are committed to partnering with governments and civil society through the Declaration to disrupt disinformation campaigns and foreign malign activity, while ensuring people around the world are able to access trustworthy information.”

Google and its video-sharing platform YouTube have used the term misinformation to justify the mass censorship of content. Additionally, Bhatia’s commitment to ensuring access to “trustworthy information” echoes YouTube’s commitment to boosting “authoritative sources” – a practice that creates a huge disparity between mainstream media outlets and independent creators and results in mainstream media outlets being artificially boosted by as much as 20x.

“This Declaration is an important signal from some of the world’s leading democracies,” Nick Clegg, the President of Global Affairs at Facebook’s parent company Meta, tweeted. “The only way to preserve and enhance the best of the open internet, prevent it from fragmenting further and protect human rights in the digital space is by working together.”

While Clegg’s statement focuses on the open internet and protecting human rights, Meta also mass censors content on its platforms and plans to continue this censorship in its metaverse.

And despite the declaration’s commitment to privacy, both Google and Meta’s businesses rely heavily on surveilling users to serve targeted ads.

The current list of countries that have endorsed this Declaration for the Future of the Internet includes Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, the European Commission, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, North Macedonia, Palau, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ukraine, and Uruguay.

The declaration isn’t legally binding but is intended to be used as a “reference for public policy makers, as well as citizens, businesses, and civil society organizations.” The signatories also intend to translate its principles into “concrete policies and actions; and, work together to promote this vision globally.”

We obtained a copy of the Declaration for the Future of the Internet for you here.

 

Source: https://reclaimthenet.org

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7 COMMENTS

  1. On hearing of this new "Ministry" I was reminded of the Harry Potter movies and how dark the Ministry of Magic had become, to the point where everything was controlled and cencored unless it fit the ministries objectives and agenda. They were taking magic (free speecha and the practice thereoff) and limiting it.

    If you watched the series, you'll recall a statue in the center of the Ministry building and at the bottom, it was being held up by struggling "muggles" the non-magical, or in the case of those under the control of the government, the common people. I often find similarities and occulted information within movies – Here is the image you can paste into your browser 7849473514_70a821c093.jpg

    • The image doesn't show up on my laptop, Rev. Kat Carroll, but I'm with you in finding much symbology in those Harry Potter tales. They've got remarkable depth, and wisdom in them.
      Same with J.R. Tolkiens epos The Lord of the Rings. The making of what it takes to be a hero, a villain, or a victim of dark spells, and the expression of terror in a state of deep grief. With the merriment of hobbits and dwarves mixed in, representing the world of elemental beings, dutifully serving justice.

  2. Isn't it crystal clear how this is planned to be applied? Freedom of speech, but only under surveillance. The forked tongue is present, with one more iron fist hiding in a velvet glove. It's almost hilarious, how the skills of deception grow in sync with exposure to their mechanism, which will bring them to a complete failure one day. Preferably soon, but it seems that the building up of treason to the point of toppling down needs its own momentum. Depending also on humanity getting off its knees.

    The self-righteousness and arrogance of puppet masters are like termites hollowing out those skills of deception. Its machinery is grinding to a standstill from within, there's no doubt in my mind. The laws of life work out that way, there's no other option. How fortunate we are!

  3. Tyranny for the globalist New World Order Madness! The Globalist enabling media wires need to be held accountable for aiding and abetting multiple Crimes against Humanity. They are as complicit as anybody, maybe more. All the Globalist heads of the beast need to be found The globalist puppets are just low level shills. Confiscate their wealth and Prosecute them all. Nuremberg 2.0 NOW!

    • Linda, are you living with the laws of the desert in your mind, obedient to their rules?
      Who will throw the first stone? In how many former lives were you a "low level shill"?
      Are you that short-sighted, ignoring your own Earth-history? Exercising your superiority?

      • Well Devon, how about we prosecute them in this life in this Earth history, in this Law of the Land, that way when they come back they would have learned their lesson. So were actually doing them a favor.

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