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Inquiry’s bumpy ride awaits, after tech giants’ “blackmail” tactics

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 24/01/2021 - 12:34pm in

As the Senate inquiry into the Digital Media Code began on Friday, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has expressed her displeasure over the lack of negotiating spirit Facebook and Google have brought to the halls of Parliament in Canberra. In fact, after Day 1’s proceedings were completed, Hanson-Young, in her role of chairing the Senate inquiry,…

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MEAA issues wish list over proposed media reforms

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 11:20pm in

The union which oversees its member journalists and others involved with media and creative arts in Australia has issued a list of concerns in conjunction with two major media reform-related actions, less than a fortnight away from the federal Parliament convening for the first time in 2021. The Media, Arts and Entertainment Alliance (MEAA), in…

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Yet Another Major Escalation In Establishment Internet Censorship

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/12/2020 - 3:08pm in

YouTube, whose corporate owner Google is arguably the most powerful company on earth, is now deleting user videos which claim the US election was fraudulent.

YouTube’s official statement on its decision to do this is very revealing, not so much for what it says as for what it does not say.

At no point does the video publishing platform attempt to argue that it is removing these videos because they jeopardize anyone’s health or safety, as it did when it began deleting videos deemed to be spreading misinformation about Covid-19.

At no point does it attempt to argue that these videos are inciting violence, as it did when it began deleting QAnon videos.

At no point does it claim that these videos are misleading voters, as it initially began collaborating with the US government to prevent, since all the voting is over and done with.

It’s simply deleting the videos because they are believed to be wrong. This is an important distinction, because it’s a marked deviation from the previous policy of content deletion used by YouTube and other new media platforms.

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“Yesterday was the safe harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect,” YouTube writes. “Given that, we will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, in line with our approach towards historical U.S. Presidential elections. For example, we will remove videos claiming that a Presidential candidate won the election due to widespread software glitches or counting errors. We will begin enforcing this policy today, and will ramp up in the weeks to come.”

I neither know nor care whether the sort of election fraud alleged to have taken place in the contest between Joe Biden or Donald Trump actually happened; I know the processes by which candidates are elevated to run in a US general election are corrupt and rigged from top to bottom, so the question of whether additional manipulation took place between two establishment-approved imperialist oligarch lackeys in a pretend election is not particularly interesting to me. But this new move by YouTube is a major escalation in the continually escalating rollout of internet censorship protocols by US government-tied Silicon Valley megacorporations.

Even if America did not have the single most flawed election system in the entire western world (and it does), and even if it had been conclusively proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that no election fraud of any sort took place (and it hasn’t), it would still be a massive escalation beyond previous online censorship protocols to begin censoring people simply because they are wrong. People are allowed to be wrong. A free society allows people the right to voice wrong beliefs because the only alternative is creating a monolithic Ministry of Truth which has authority over what the right and wrong beliefs are.

Those of us who’ve been warning of the dangers of government-aligned plutocratic corporations lowering their standards for silencing speech further and further were not committing a slippery slope fallacy; it’s not fallacious to warn of a slippery slope when the slope is demonstrably real. The fact that we’ve been methodically paced from accepting the cross-platform deletion of Alex Jones a couple of years ago to random internet users being silenced for no other reason than expressing wrongthink today shows us the slope is very real and very consequential, and our slide into information totalitarianism will continue if something major does not change.

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Matt Taibbi has written a solid article condemning YouTube’s latest ramp-up and highlighting the double standard in the way Democrats have been pushing narratives about Trump colluding with Russia to fraudulently steal the 2016 election for four years with no consequences whatsoever while Trump supporters are banned from doing essentially the exact same thing. I would add that the primary source of this double standard is not ideological bias (though that’s surely a factor as well) but the coziness these Silicon Valley tech giants have formed with US government agencies who signed off on Russiagate but not on Trump’s claims. It’s not so much a liberal bias as it is a US intelligence cartel bias.

In reality, there was never any more evidence for liberal claims of Russia interfering with the US election in any meaningful way than there is for election fraud in 2020. Actual journalists and impartial social media platforms would have recognized the indisputable fact that the Russian hacking narrative was extremely porous and remains completely unproven, and the narrative about Russian memes swaying the election is a complete joke. The only thing giving the Democrats’ claims more narrative weight than those of the Republicans today is that one was endorsed by the US intelligence cartel (the same US intelligence cartel which just so happened to wind up advancing multiple preexisting agendas using Russiagate) and the other was not. That’s it.

Those who understood that whoever controls the narrative controls the world and that plutocrat-controlled mass media is the linchpin of the oligarchic status quo were very excited about the arrival of the internet, because they understood its information-democratizing potential. Now we’re all watching those hopes slowly eroded into nothing as the same power structures which control and influence the mainstream media now work to take full control over online information.

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“On average 88% of the videos in top 10 search results related to elections came from authoritative news sources (amongst the rest are things like newsy late-night shows, creator videos and commentary),” YouTube boasts in the aforementioned statement on its deletion of wrongthink election videos. “And the most viewed channels and videos are from news channels like NBC and CBS.”

As though rigging your algorithms to give users results which link to the same plutocratic media outlets who’ve helped deceive the public about every war and continuously manipulate them into believing status quo politics totally work is something to be proud of.

If information which isn’t approved by the powerful continues to be squeezed into smaller and smaller fringe circles, the information-democratizing potential which once gave revolutionary thinkers so much hope will be completely nullified, and all that will remain is a network which allows establishment power structures to distribute propaganda much faster than they could back in the days of the old media. Here’s hoping our rulers fail in their attempts to do this, and that we succeed in our desire to stop them.

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Trump Won Florida After Running a False Ad Tying Biden to Venezuelan Socialists

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 14/11/2020 - 3:36am in

A Trump video targeting Florida’s growing Venezuelan American population falsely claimed that Venezuela’s socialist regime wanted Biden to win. But President Nicolás Maduro has said that he opposed both candidates. Continue reading

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Why Google Is Facing Serious Accusations of Monopoly Practices

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 3:00am in

WDCPhotographer / Shutterstock.com The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Google-Alphabet (Google’s parent company) on October 20 for a range...

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Win-win for capital, lose-lose for us: Google vs. News Corp vs. the Public

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/09/2020 - 3:03am in

The reason that the Australian government is attempting to regulate big tech on their use of news media can be summed up in a single word: Murdoch. Out of all the corporate interests that come together to form the Australian government, one of the most persuasively influential has long been that carried by the necrotic whispers of News Corp. Facing long-term decline in its advertising revenue, Murdoch is teaming up with its competitor/collaborator Nine Entertainment Co. and has succeeded in getting a draft News Media Bargaining Code up and in active consideration.

Essentially, this code seeks to regulate big tech—specifically, Google and Facebook—to share advertising revenue with commercial news-media organisations when publishing their material. Basically, it is about who gets to feed from the flow of advertising money, both the lifeblood of for-profit journalism and a large part of big tech. At present, Google and Facebook account for 71 per cent of the $8.8 billion spent annually on advertising in Australia. Not long ago, this was largely News Corp’s feast, and it has spent the first two decades of the twenty-first century on the back foot. Indeed, it is a sign that things are bad when this steadfast champion of the so-called free market is seeking the assistance of state regulation to shore up its faltering profits.

In Silicon Valley, however, business has never been better. In the last six months of the global pandemic, US-based billionaires, a disproportionally large part of the tech sector, have seen their personal wealth grow by close to a trillion dollars, a 20 per cent increase in their already exorbitant riches. The rapidly rebounding share market is approaching an all-time high, with Google having passed the trillion-dollar line and Facebook fast approaching it.

Meanwhile, back on earth, hundreds of millions of people have lost their jobs, and are threatened by eviction, disease and debt. The International Labor Organization found that almost 2 billion people are seriously struggling to get by day to day. It is not an exaggeration to suggest that we are living through perhaps the greatest transfer of wealth in human history.

In this increasingly catastrophic context, the struggle over the News Media Bargaining Code can be seen for what it is: a minor turf war between factions of monopoly capital. The struggle is high pitched, and deeply corrupt. It is being fought by lobbyists, misinformation campaigns, pop-up warnings, threats, promises and powerful vested interests.

While it is too soon to know how this particular war will play out, the winners and losers are very predictable.

Let’s start with the clear loser: independent public-interest journalism. The government specifically excluded public broadcasters ABC and SBS from the bargaining table, thus pre-empting any attempt by them to access additional funding sources. Likewise, small media organisations were also excluded, leaving them ever struggling for the means to get by.

The code will only strengthen journalism’s dependence on advertising, which critically undermines its ability to serve the public good. Indeed, it further embeds journalism into circuits of cybernetic capitalism and the tech titans’ systems of surveillance and commodification.

Once again, the rules are made to favour the already rich and powerful. Given the crucial role that independent news and critical commentary should play in a functional democracy, it is fair to say that when public-interest journalism loses, the public also loses.

As for the victors, they are clear as well, regardless of how the code fares in practice. To find them, just ask: who owns News Corp, Google and Facebook? According to their NASDAQ listings, the biggest institutional holders of their stocks have significant overlap, with News Corp, Google and Facebook sharing three of their top five largest investors.

Top Five Largest Institutional Holders

News Corp (NWS)Alphabet (GOOGL)Facebook (FB)Independent Franchise Partners LLPVanguard Group Inc.Vanguard Group Inc.SOF LTDBlackrock Inc.Blackrock Inc.Blackrock Inc.FMR LLCFMR LLCState Street CorpState Street CorpPrice T RoweVanguard Group Inc.Price T RoweState Street Corp.data from nasdaq.com, 2/9/2020

This concentrated ownership pattern shows why barracking for either side in this dispute is pointless. No matter whether Murdoch or Google/Facebook wins in this particular scrap, profits will keep being extracted and concentrated in elite hands, surveillance and advertising will keep on manipulating, and news media will continue to serve the interests of the most powerful first and foremost.

That the Australian government is claiming to champion ‘our newspapers’ against foreign interests is rubbish; News Corp is a ‘foreign power’. Again, just look at who owns it, beginning perhaps with its biggest institutional investor, Independent Franchise Partners. This is a company that maximises the profits of US speculators who must make a minimum investment of US$3 million in order to reap the rewards.

The Coalition government (with the likely support of Labor) is choosing a side in this factional struggle largely for ideological reasons—its political project and that of the Murdoch empire overlap so thoroughly. So, once again, Scott Morrison’s government has served up a lose-lose deal for the public that just so happens—whatever the outcome of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s scheme—to be a win-win deal for the already rich and powerful.

Josh Frydenberg Seems Confused But He’s Not The Only One!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 3:03pm in

When I saw a brief headline saying that Josh Frydenberg was calling for a roadmap from Dan Andrews, I thought, Josh obviously has trouble using that tricky GPS because anything that came after the 1980s is a problem for him. Then I read the article and I realised that he was actually wanting to know…

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - 2:06pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Tue, 19/01/2016 - 2:06pm in

Seriously?

"Attention poor person! Google means you no harm! You may proceed across the street using the legacy technology of perambulation. This act of courtesy is sponsored by…"

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Google Cultural Institute Launches

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/03/2015 - 9:55am in