What happens when the World Economic Forum brings together the world’s top globalist powerbrokers from government and business and asks them to try to solve some of the problems they see in the world? If you answered, “Nothing good,” you’re on the right track. But things in recent years have accelerated and taken much darker turns. They’re no longer meeting in dark rooms with armed guards to discuss how to dominate the world’s population. Today, they do it out in the open.
Case-in-point: The World Economic Forum Global Technology Governance Summit 2021, an event where more than 40 governments and 150 companies meet to ensure “the responsible design and deployment of emerging technologies.” The world’s most prolific video host was represented by its top dog. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki spoke and delivered as draconian of a proposal as we’ve seen in public view.
“With COVID-19, with a number of different types of misinformation, it would be hard for governments all around the world to all pass different regulations about that and have compliance,” Wojcicki said. “So, there’s this category of content that I would say is content that is technically legal but could be harmful and that’s where we’ve put a lot of time to try to make sure we’ve put the right policies in place.”
Republican lawmakers this week urged the Department of Education to look to Taiwan to provide “censorship-free alternatives” for teaching Mandarin and Chinese culture on U.S. campuses, in place of Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-funded Confucius Institutes (CI).
In a letter (pdf) to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Calif.) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) led a group of more than 20 lawmakers in calling on the department to pay attention to concerns regarding the presence of CIs at American institutions of higher education (IHE).
Billed as language and culture centers, the Beijing-funded CIs have drawn intense scrutiny over their role in spreading Chinese propaganda and stifling academic expression across college campuses around the world. They’re funded and largely staffed by Hanban, a nonprofit that claims to be nongovernmental but is directly controlled by the CCP, according to a report by the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s investigations subcommittee (pdf).
Steel and Blackburn are leading the expansion of the U.S.–Taiwan Education Initiative, which was established by the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in December 2020. The initiative seeks to develop more programs to teach the Mandarin language on U.S. campuses.
“We urge the Department of Education (DOE) to explore censorship-free alternatives to support the instruction of Mandarin language and Chinese culture, specifically those offered by Taiwan,” the signatories wrote.
In what’s becoming a Capitol Hill ritual, lawmakers recently called the leaders of Facebook, Google, and Twitter back before Congress to give them their latest pummeling.
This particular session focused on “misinformation” and how social media companies purportedly played a role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, but it easily could have been mistaken for any number of previous hearings, where lawmakers berated and demanded action from the tech giants.
For some lawmakers, concerns about the spread of “misinformation” led to suggestions that social media platforms disregard free speech and increase the content they censor.
In recent months, tech companies have already ramped up censorship in the name of a nebulous “social good.”
From Twitter’s pre-election decision to bury the New York Post article on Hunter Biden, to postelection bans of then-President Donald Trump, to the deplatforming of Parler, tech companies are flexing their muscle as an unelected arbiter of what Americans can—and cannot—see.
The Attorney General of Indiana, Todd Rokita, has now begun probing five Big Tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Twitter to establish if they have “harmed Indiana consumers through business practices that are abusive, deceptive and/or unfair.”
The Attorney General said that he was concerned with censorship of speech that may have been triggered by the alleged meetings of Joe Biden’s nominee Vanita Gupta with Big Tech companies.
“Gupta, who is President Joe Biden’s nominee to be associate U.S. attorney general, has allegedly met with Facebook and Twitter executives to urge ‘more rigorous rules and enforcement,’ to use her own words as quoted in Time,” said the Indiana Attorney General.
YouTube removed a video of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ discussion with credentialed medical experts, saying it violated Community Guidelines