Meeting Will Teach How to Organize Resistance to Internet Censorship

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By Steve Gloss

With regards to net neutrality—which means every individual user has equal access to the delivery of Internet material through their Internet Service Provider (ISP)—there are two major issues here for a society increasingly dependent on the Internet as a means of free speech and all other forms of choice. Occupy SMA invites you to learn more about these issues by viewing a video entitled ‘Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship’ and a couple of short videos about alternative search engines you may consider using.

We are all too familiar with the ways in which Google, Facebook, and Twitter target us with unsolicited advertising, but we perhaps know less about how they control our access to information. Watch a Occupy SMA-sponsored discussion on net neutrality and Internet censorship featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and the World Socialist Web Site’s (WSWS) International Editorial Board Chairperson, David North on March 12 at 1 pm at the Quinta Loreto Hotel.

The WSWS has seen a dramatic drop in referrals to their website by the search engine Google over the past year. Other alternative news sites like Truthdig.com have experienced similar declines.

The right to equal delivery rates of Internet content (net neutrality) was previously affirmed through a set of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules put in place during the Obama Administration, as the dependence of our society on the Internet became more and more obvious. However, on December 14, 2017, the FCC repealed those rules with the ascension of a new chair Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney. Although there have already been legal challenges to this decision, the repeal clears the way for corporations like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T to begin charging different rates for Internet access to different consumers, based on both speed and content.

In addition to net neutrality, another emerging issue of equal or greater importance going on is that of Internet censorship, which is being practiced by major media corporations like Google, Facebook, and Twitter. This modern-day equivalent of book burning restricts the search results of your Internet activities through the use of sophisticated algorithms which only allow selected results to reach your computer.

Under the rubric of filtering fake news, the Internet giants are censoring our information based on their corporate sponsors’ preferences about what we see. But take another look at George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the vocabulary surrounding certain topics is reduced so that no meaningful discussion of alternative points of view is possible, and the implications of Internet censorship immediately become clear.

We invite you to join us at this free event, followed by discussion.

 

Meeting, Video, and Discussion

Occupy San Miguel presents

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Mon, Mar 12, 1pm

TV room

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15

Free

 

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