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'Turbocharging' our worst impulses: Obama speaks at Stanford about dangers the internet poses to democracy

Original post made on Apr 22, 2022

The former president urged tech leaders to use Silicon Valley's spirit of innovation to tackle the serious threats facing democracy.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 22, 2022, 10:35 AM

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Posted by xot
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 22, 2022 at 2:26 pm

xot is a registered user.

Free speech and information is required for free Democracy. Limiting its freedom and accessibility makes Democracy less free. Should the government curate what information is freely available to you? I prefer not.


Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 22, 2022 at 2:33 pm

Leslie Bain is a registered user.

"In [an] address hosted by Stanford's Cyber Policy Center and the Obama Foundation, [Obama] warned that ... technological progress ... has also caused disinformation to proliferate and poses profound dangers for democracy."

I ask you: WHO exactly decides what is "information" and what is "disinformation"? UNTIL we get that question answered, encouraging tech companies to CENSOR "disinformation" will merely result in CENSORING NEWS STORIES that are politically inconvenient to persons in power, which is A TERRIBLE IDEA that smacks of ORWELLIAN dystopia.

Consider the difference between Fox News and CNN/MSNBC. Which one would you choose to arbitrate what is Truth and what is not? Which one should be censored? I submit that Dems and Republicans will answer differently. EACH wants the other SILENCED, because of course they do.

Consider: in 2016, an organization called WikiLeaks published a large set of emails that showed that the DNC had not run a "free and fair" primary involving Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. What WL published was "INFORMATION," the emails had electronic signatures, none of them were ever shown to be false in any way.

However, a "DISINFORMATION" campaign called Russia-gate emerged with a concocted story that Russia had stolen the emails via a cyber-attack, and given them to WL in order to put Trump in office. But the DNC NEVER turned over the attacked machines for the FBI to properly investigate? WHY NOT???!

"CrowdStrike, the private cyber-security firm that first accused Russia of hacking Democratic Party emails and served as a critical source for U.S. intelligence officials in the years-long Trump-Russia probe, acknowledged to Congress more than two years ago that it had no concrete evidence that Russian hackers stole emails from the [DNC]’s server."- Web Link

Propaganda surrounds us.


Posted by Johnny Yuma
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 22, 2022 at 3:07 pm

Johnny Yuma is a registered user.

While I’m not for censorship, the distribution of misinformation and lies are rampant on the Internet. Perhaps that would change if users were NOT permitted to post anonymously.


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