Australia joins 60 country pledge to ‘reclaim’ internet, fight ‘disinformation’

Australia and 60 other governments have signed a new ‘Declaration for the Future of the Internet’, vowing to create “a single, global internet” system.

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A step forward for internet privacy and freedom?
Or a front for something deeper?

FUTURE OF THE INTERNET

The online realm is in a state of distress, with many concerns directly affecting users on a daily basis.

The issues surrounding online privacy, the preservation of human dignity and censorship, have all been a topic of conversation in public discourse over recent years.

The people want a free and open internet free of these problems.

Thankfully, our ‘authorities’ have made a pledge to help make this a reality.

An international coalition of over 60 nation states, including Australia, have recently launched A Declaration for the Future of the Internet, it has been announced.

The three-page declaration, also summarised by the White House and the European Commission, offers a broad vision of the net, as well as a mix of more specific issues for its 61 signatories.

“We are united by a belief in the potential of digital technologies to promote connectivity, democracy, peace, the rule of law, sustainable development, and the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the document begins.

But “access to the open internet is limited by some authoritarian governments and online platforms and digital tools are increasingly used to repress freedom of expression and deny other human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The non-binding statement calls for “a single global Internet – one that is truly open and fosters competition, privacy, and respect for human rights.”

“State-sponsored or condoned malicious behaviour is on the rise, including the spread of disinformation and cybercrimes such as ransomware, affecting the security and the resilience of critical infrastructure while holding at risk vital public and private assets,” it continues.

The document is signed by many United States and its allies, including the governments of Australia, France, Israel, Japan and the United Kingdom.

The document envisions the principles within getting discussed “in the UN system, G7, G20, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Trade Organization, and other relevant multilateral and multistakeholder fora, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Internet Governance Forum, and Freedom Online Coalition.”

Could this really be a push towards a free and open internet?

This announcement does look good on the surface, but let’s not forget the actions of those behind this push.

The same ones that have attempted to restrict the internet in the first place.

ALL JUST A FRONT?

While we agree with the Declaration’s call for an Internet that protects human rights and promotes democratic participation through inclusive and universal connectivity, privacy and security protections, the Declaration largely avoids addressing mass digital surveillance.

This type of surveillance is something that the Australian government and its Five Eyes partners pioneered, and the Declaration offers little to combat the rampant profiling and maximal data collection that characterises the big-tech business model.

“Born out of a black box, with unclear authorship, and not opened for consultation by stakeholders in civil society, so far as we can see, the statement lacks a supportive coalition and the input that leads to meaningful change,” said Peter Micek, General Counsel at Access Now. 

Indeed, it notably doesn’t mention domestic struggles over internet freedom, such as politically motivated censorship of news stories by private companies and alleged illegal government surveillance.

The document is also non-binding and vague.

For example, it doesn’t describe a specific remedy for disinformation, but does call for governments to “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural and multilingual content, information, and news online.”

Its wording also broadly condemns “harassment” and “intimidation” and calls for signers “to make the internet a safe and secure place for everyone, particularly women, children, and young people.”

The term ‘disinformation’ has been used to censor content that later gains broad acceptance — such as reporting on documents from Hunter Biden’s laptop, which Twitter blocked and Facebook throttled.

Let’s also not forget speculation that COVID-19 leaked from a Chinese lab, which Facebook banned before U.S. intelligence agencies later found the scenario one of two “plausible” pandemic origin theories.

The Declaration comes just days after the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, reached a deal to purchase Twitter for $44 billion and establish a new pro-free speech vision of not censoring content unless required by law.

Musk specifically condemned Twitter’s decision in October 2020 to suspend The Post’s account for publishing what the billionaire called “truthful” news.

Is this a way to gain more control over the internet in light of a potential resurgence of freedom on the web?

Let’s not forget that these nations and tech companies already have more than all the necessary tools available to ensure true ‘disinformation’ is stamped out — yet continue to ask for more.

Why should their words be trusted this time around?

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BIG BROTHER NETWORK

The Australian government already conducts some of its own contentious surveillance programs, including to intercept data that traverses connections that make up the internet’s backbone.

In the U.S., two federal appeals courts ruled that a dragnet phone-records program exposed in 2013 was illegal, while Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich in February alleged that there’s a collection program unknown to the public that is “outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection.”

Although 60 governments signed the declaration, its principles don’t necessarily have to be followed by the signers when those principles conflict with domestic laws.

The signers have pledged to “work together to promote this vision globally, while respecting each other’s regulatory autonomy within our own jurisdictions and in accordance with our respective domestic laws and international legal obligations,” the document stated.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group that’s focused on Internet issues, called the document’s principles “laudable” but also “aspirational,” in an announcement.

Implementing these principles will require many signatory countries to change their current practices, which include censoring online speech of marginalised communities, failing to build out affordable high-speed internet, using malware and mass surveillance to spy on users, fostering misinformation, secretly collecting personal information, and pressuring big tech platforms to police online speech.

Until these elements of the digital realm are solved, any declaration is baseless at the least — and a plot to ensure more control at the worst.

Either way, those who caused this problem in the first place are certainly not those who will fix it.

It is up to citizens and privacy advocates to ensure internet freedom is kept alive.


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6 comments on “Australia joins 60 country pledge to ‘reclaim’ internet, fight ‘disinformation’”

  1. Australian Authorities History & Instigations in 5 Eyes, IT’S ‘Democratic Violent Operations’ against it’s OWN Citizens during COVID, ‘Health’ apparently, Lockdowns & Non Violent Protests – Well at least on the Citizens operations! IT’S Super Surveillance of ALL & NEW Legal Hacking programs, Bureaucratic over reaches, IT’S mishandling of Economic & ‘Systems Everything’, except for IT’S ‘Mates’, & Maybe their OWN Gov.au. Superannuation schemes. Previously it’s ‘Conscriptions of Youth’, under threat of Imprisonment, Vietnam, & post conflict lack of resource support for damaged return Vets, whilst at the same time committing ENDLESS resources to New Military weapons platforms & the ENDLESS GLOBAL WAR PROGRAM! – ‘Lest We Forget’ & ‘Remembrance’ – WHAT A JOKE.
    A digger from the ‘Great (Sic) War’ & his mates sitting around a campfire with his Mates – “What the Bloody Hell was it all for Reggie?”
    “Well Bluey, somewhere there’s an Armaments manufacturer making a shit load of Coin. Then there’s You & Me. Then there’s a government who don’t have to be where You & Me and Ammo Man are, but are trying to make a home combination for Bullet & Thee!”
    Aust Auth Cont’d;
    IT’S ‘Associations’ with Globalist Agendas of ‘Strategic Global Control of The Individual’ & removal of Rights & ‘Free’ (LOL) Choice. IT’S deployment of Strategic Commercial programs to personal bankrupt ordinary Citizens. IT’S WILLING ‘Support’ for the Murderous Ukrainian AZOV & Right Sector Paramilitary Battalions, KNOWING, ‘Their’ Previous Operational History & M.O. against UKR Citizens who Do Not ‘Comply’! AND STILL! The Signing of Endless United Nations Charters, protocols & Agendas without ANY Understanding of Consequences. THE Signing AWAY of Australian Citizens & Wealth, to foreign interests AT WILL, via ridiculous Trade deals
    BUT, “You can Trust Us!” & Oh look, we’ve dropped off the ‘COVID Restrictions’ & taken ‘Some’ of our Rorting Taxes off your Fuel – Temporarily, It’s ELECTION TIME! – the peasants wont know what’s coming for ’em with all that Hyper printing of monies during covid swindle, and we’ll have to support swindle ukraine conflict as a massive diversion to the economic pickle we’re in, and we can help population control along on the bastards who refused to get experimental jabbs-
    “OH WE’RE BACK! VOTE FOR ME OR THE OPPOSITION PARTY! WE’RE THE SAME!”
    And for ‘Those Sheep’ still in belief of THE Govts can be ‘Trusted’, on Election ‘Outcomes’, THE Govt ‘Organism’ DOESN’T CHANGE! THE Fatcrats, Bureaucrats, technocrats, Justicecrats & their phoney Empires DO NOT have to reapply for their jobs or careers every time there’s a ‘Vote’! – THEY STAY!
    BUT, “You can Trust us! – Now give me some sacrificial Baby to Kiss! Has it been ‘Jabbed’ Yet? – Oh, after the election.”
    Wellness – I’ve got to go. That chicken I hung on the back clothes line has just about been done to a turn with that nearby 5G transponder outputs. What’s this camera shoved up it’s Parsons nose? ACCESS ALL AREAS. SAFE & EFFECTIVE!

  2. All of what is going around us in the world today is simply a front, with the ultimate aim to bring about the re-unification of Church ( the papal church ) and State as it was between the 1260 years of 538 and 1798 and that was eventually destroyed by the French Revolution when General Berthier took the Pope prisoner.

    That time period was a terrible time, which gave rise to the dark ages coupled with the horrors of the inquisition. The same Church then used the State to persecute those who went against its dictates.

    History is repeating itself. Once the re-unification is complete, there will be a time of trouble as there never was since there was a nation, specifically for those who go against the dictates enforced by the papal Church, using the State to do its dirty work. We are on the cusp of that re-unification, whereby the kings of the earth will then give their power unto that Church (the Papal system of Rome) under the disguise of “common good”.

    Unfortunately, once the kings of the earth realise what they have done and how they have been deceived and fooled, it will be far too late. Nothing and no one can stop what is coming. It may be restrained for a very short time, but not stopped.

    All one has to do is look around, investigate and find out who is pulling the strings, how and why they are doing it. It is all in plain sight for those who are wise to see, but sadly not many see it, instead focusing on the many distractions that are purposefully being handed out to divert from the real agenda.

    1. Yes Jesus told us this would happen 2000 years ago in Revelation 13!! He describes an evil one world govt (church and state) forcing all to receive a mark to buy or sell (to exist!). We are explicitly told to NEVER accept this mark. He also said deception will be rampant and knowledge would increase. #seekJesus

  3. This is coming from the WEF, dont believe me, White Paper from the WEF Digital Playbook 2017 Policy Approaches to National Digital Governance. Dr Tobias Feakin was a “contributor” to the document and the countries that are major players lay their plans out. Feakin is a WEF infiltrator and has made it to the top at DFAT as Australia’s first Ambassador for Cyber Affairs to the UN and the WEF. The whole plan to regulate the internet is because it is a threat to their plans. All countries in lockstep are rolling out regulation under the guise of protecting people online from bullying and hate speech but it is in actual fact to protect them from being exposed. Here is the link – https://www.weforum.org/search?query=Tobias+Feakin

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