As the world begins one of the biggest election years in history, one of its most powerful leaders is calling for increased censorship, as well as partnerships between private firms and governments.
From Breitbart. At the opening of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for increased cooperation between governments and private businesses to enact tech censorship in the face of “industrial scale disinformation”.
Following in the example of WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab’s ‘Global Risk Report’, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen used her address in Davos on Tuesday to highlight the supposed risks of allowing the free flow of information in light of the alleged threat of “disinformation and disinformation”. …
The EU chief therefore called for governments and private firms to form a “new connective tissue” to “deliver the solutions we need, to fight threats like climate change or industrial-scale disinformation.”
Mrs von der Leyen said that the need to combat disinformation is “more important than ever” given that 2024 will be the largest election year in the history of the world, with 41 per cent of the global population … set to head to the polls this year.
Climate change or industrial-scale disinformation are global threats.
Governments hold many levers, but businesses have the innovation, tech and talent to deliver solutions.
To innovate, invest and compete, they rely on openness and freedom.
So strengthening our democracies… pic.twitter.com/Bth4p2Uylf
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) January 16, 2024
Going into the election year, Brussels will have also have more censorship powers at its disposal than ever. The EU president highlighted the Digital Services Act (DSA) instituted by Brussels at the end of 2022 and is set to come into full force next month. …
Starting in February, social media companies and websites will face fines of up to six per cent of their global revenue if they fail to comply with the speech restrictions. In addition, platforms also face the possibility of being banned entirely from the bloc under the new regulation. …
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(Excerpt from Breitbart. Photo Credit: European Parliament from EU – Ursula von der Leyen presents her vision to MEPs, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)