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Title: Senate Democrats Are Circulating Plans for Government Takeover of the Internet
Source: Reason
URL Source: https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/31/ ... crats-tech-policy-plans-leaked
Published: Jul 31, 2018
Author: Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Post Date: 2018-08-08 10:41:44 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 120
Comments: 7

All your base are belong to us.

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."

The paper also suggests making it a rule that tech platforms above a certain size must turn over internal data and processes to "independent public interest researchers" so they can identify potential "public health/addiction effects, anticompetitive behavior, radicalization," scams, "user propagated misinformation," and harassment—data that could be used to "inform actions by regulators or Congress."

And—of course— these include further revisions to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, recently amended by Congress to exclude protections for prostitution-related content. A revision to Section 230 could provide the ability for users to demand takedowns of certain sorts of content and hold platforms liable if they don't abide, it says, while admitting that "attempting to distinguish between true disinformation and legitimate satire could prove difficult."

"The proposals in the paper are wide ranging and in some cases even politically impossible, and raise almost as many questions as they try to answer," suggested Mathew Ingram, putting it very mildly at the Columbia Journalism Review.


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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Isn't Senator Warren the same guy that claimed he had info on Trump Russian and Mueller investigation and claimed he might release it! I hope Virginians are so proud of this idiot.

BTW if you have it release it! Be a man and take your comeuppance to prove the democrats and never trumpers right! LOL Oh who we kidding he got jackshit!

Justified  posted on  2018-08-08   10:50:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Since when do Democrats have the votes to do jack shit?

misterwhite  posted on  2018-08-08   15:55:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

Fear propaganda... spawned from the Alex Jones banning. Maybe Alex Jones can get Ba ba ba Bucky, to hack twitter and Facebook

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-08-08   17:30:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0)

www.real.video/

randge  posted on  2018-08-08   18:49:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0)

Catshit should save his money, and not run again for the WH. He would lose again !!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Never Pick A Fight With An Old Man He Will Just Shoot You He Can't Afford To Get Hurt

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

AMERICA! Designed by geniuses. Now run by idiots.

Stoner  posted on  2018-08-08   19:02:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: randge (#4)

www.real.video/

WOW.

I sent your link to my server. I will review later and comment about information, later.

Good post.

buckeroo  posted on  2018-08-08   22:25:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard (#0)

Fascists always feel a need to control the media to keep them from telling the people what treasonous murderers they really are.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-08-09   1:06:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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