Freedom of Speech

Rideau Hall Called The Gov’t

By Valerie / June 18, 2024 /

Governor General Mary Simon had staff contact Attorney General Arif Virani’s deputy before holding a conference in support of a Liberal bill on internet censorship, records show. “The Governor General is a force for good in this country,” Virani wrote in denying partisan interference.

“The Attorney General deliberately chose to attend only the luncheon portion of the event,” Virani wrote in an Inquiry Of Ministry tabled in the Commons. “He attended the luncheon to show his support for the attendees who took the time to share their difficult personal experiences and to discuss the pressing social problems of online safety. To be clear he was not a panelist and chose not to have a formal role in the symposium.”

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Flood Of CBC-TV Complaints

By Valerie / June 18, 2024 /

he CBC was flooded with a record number of complaints last year over its Mideast coverage with thousands citing anti-Jewish bias, says a report to the board. Audience complaints numbered 4,785 last year, “a 45 percent increase in volume from 2022.”

“Messages I received revealed a deep divide in the way Canadians perceived both the events and CBC’s coverage,” Ombudsman Jack Nagler wrote in his Annual Report. “About 55 percent of complainants thought CBC was unfair to Israel and about 45 percent thought CBC was unfair to Palestinians.”

“The shocking attacks by Hamas inside Israel and the massive response by Israel inside Gaza

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“Anti-hate” activist Elon Musk blames for $100M loss asked Canada to regulate social media giants

By Valerie / June 18, 2024 /

Canadian legislators entertained the leader of an international “anti-hate” activist organization that X CEO Elon Musk blamed for a $100 million loss in advertising revenue after he took over the platform in 2022.

The CEO and founder of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, Imran Ahmed, appeared before the House of Commons justice committee this month advocating for increased regulation of social media platforms.

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Surgeon General Murthy Advocates for Digital ID to Combat Online “Misinformation” and Protect Youth

By Iron Will / June 18, 2024 /

These days, as the saying goes – you can’t swing a cat without hitting a “paper of record” giving prominent op-ed space to some current US administration official – and this is happening very close to the presidential election.

This time, the New York Times and US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy got together, with Murthy’s own slant on what opponents might see as another push to muzzle social media ahead of the November vote, under any pretext.

A pretext is, as per Murthy: new legislation that would “shield young people from online harassment, abuse and exploitation,” and there’s disinformation and such, of course.

Coming from Murthy, this is inevitably branded as “health disinformation.” But the way digital rights group EFF sees it – requiring “a surgeon general’s warning label on social media platforms, stating that social media is associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents” – is just unconstitutional.

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World Economic Forum Pushes For AI Use and Collaboration in Fighting “Misinformation”

By Iron Will / June 18, 2024 /

The dual approach of talking up the benefits of AI when it comes to using this still very much emerging tech to combat “disinformation,” while warning against the perils of AI in creating that same “disinformation” – continues.

The point at which these two approaches converge is censorship – “both disinformation warriors” who want to use AI in their fight, and AI doomsayers who claim deepfakes will destroy democracies, work towards “monitoring,” “labeling,” and ultimately, controlling content.

And sometimes they’re the same informal but powerful groups, or government agencies and legacy media.

In this “installment” of the AI story coming from the World Economic Forum (WEF), authored by heads of AI, Data, and Metaverse Cathy Li and Global Coalition for Digital Safety Project Lead Agustina Callegari, we learn that WEF would like policymakers, tech firms, researchers, and civil rights groups to all band together and push for deployment of advanced AI-driven systems combating “disinformation and misinformation.”

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Episode 42: Is TMU law a ‘clown school’? Plus new details on Trudeau’s Internet regulation laws

By Roli / June 17, 2024 /

On Episode 42, we dig into the new details about how the government plans to regulate your expression through the Online News Act, the Online Streaming Act and the Online Harms Act. Plus we tell you about a lawyer who got in trouble for calling TMU law a ‘clown school.’

Not Reserving Judgment is a podcast about Canadian constitutional law hosted by Josh Dehaas, Joanna Baron, and Christine Van Geyn. The show is brought to you by the Canadian Constitution Foundation, a non-partisan legal charity dedicated to defending rights and freedoms.

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With Stanford Out, UW Steps Up for 2024 Election “Disinformation” Research

By Iron Will / June 17, 2024 /

If it looks like a duck… and in particular, quacks like a duck, it’s highly likely a duck. And so, even though the Stanford Internet Observatory is reportedly getting dissolved, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public (CIP) continues its activities. But that’s not all.

CIP headed the pro-censorship coalitions the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) and the Virality Project with the Stanford Internet Observatory, while the Stanford outfit was set up shortly before the 2020 vote with the goal of “researching misinformation.”

The groups led by both universities would publish their findings in real-time, no doubt, for maximum and immediate impact on voters. For some, what that impact may have been, or was meant to be, requires research and a study of its own. Many, on the other hand, are sure it targeted them.

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CISA Chief Calls For AI Image-Labeling Legislation

By Iron Will / June 17, 2024 /

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), all of a sudden wants to have deepfakes (which have existed for decades in entertainment. etc. industries) tightly regulated.

Tech companies (Google, Meta, TikTok, Open IA) “voluntarily identifying and labeling” such content on their social platforms and elsewhere won’t cut it now. This is all presented as a segment in the larger AI “conversation” – such as AI is, at this point – while the conversation is around how to make sure the authorities control it strictly.

The value agencies and groups now thoroughly exposed as multi-year drivers of online censorship see in zeroing in on deepfakes (and AI) is, on one hand, the ability to interpret the meaning of this content (even if it’s parody or satire) as political “disinformation.”

And if the election doesn’t go their way, they can always contest it claiming it was substantially influenced by such “disinformation.”

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Freedom Powers Unite in Tech: PublicSquare Joins Rumble Cloud

By Iron Will / June 17, 2024 /

Rumble, a growing key player in the video-sharing and cloud services sector, announced today that PublicSquare will be migrating its Marketplace segment to the Rumble Cloud platform. This strategic partnership of freedom-focused companies marks a step in enhancing the digital infrastructure for commerce and payment ecosystems that prioritize freedom.

PublicSquare is an American digital marketplace that aims to connect consumers with businesses that align with specific values, particularly those that champion freedom. Launched as a platform to support “freedom-loving businesses,” PublicSquare offers a network where users can shop from companies that share their values, with all verified businesses.

Chris Pavlovski, Chairman and CEO of Rumble, shared his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “I am excited that PublicSquare has decided to join Rumble on its mission to break the shackles of Big Tech and migrate its burgeoning Marketplace segment to Rumble Cloud. I am confident that our solution will be a great fit, and we look forward to a fruitful future together.” Pavlovski emphasized that Rumble Cloud was developed to empower content creators and businesses with the necessary tools to thrive.

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Gandhi’s anti-vaccine views ring true a century later

By Roli / June 16, 2024 /

Almost one century ago, Gandhi published a book where he deconstructed the dangers and lack of effectiveness of vaccines and the agendas surrounding them. His voice rings true now more than ever.

The internet meme below has been subject of a good bit of controversy. Not only is Gandhi taking what many today consider an extreme ‘anti-vaxxer’ stance, but some have questioned whether or not he ever made this statement, or statements like it.

The truth is that this quote only scratches the surface of Gandhi’s biting critique of the dangers, inefficacy, and malfeasance associated with the vaccination campaigns of his time. Gandhi, of course, is history’s most celebrated anti-imperialist, having almost single-handedly set into motion India’s independence from British colonial rule. He was extremely sensitive to Western forms of control and oppression, and was able to apply his intellect to the manner in which the Western medical establishment was coercing millions of Indians to succumb to the unhealthy practice of smallpox and plague vaccination

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