White House Tasks Itself With Controlling Speech On The Internet
of on Terror continues with a new grave threat – people writing things on the internet. The government is now trying to find ways to counter “online radicalization to violence” a phrase so broad it could mean practically anything.
From the White House.
The American public increasingly relies on the Internet for socializing, business transactions, gathering information, entertainment, and creating and sharing content. The rapid growth of the Internet has brought opportunities but also risks, and the Federal Government is committed to empowering members of the public to protect themselves against the full range of online threats, including online radicalization to violence.
Shorter: the internet is gaining in power and we have not figured out a way to dominate it yet, this scares us.
The White House website lists a flurry of groups from ever morphing “Al Qaeda” to “sovereign citizens” to [insert worst thing we can think of here]. These various and assorted people could, possibly, maybe write something that could, possibly, maybe make someone, somewhere, under some set of circumstances, become violent. How can you know anything unless you know everything?
But don’t worry according to the White House Fact Sheet the government will be “collaborating with industry” to help deal with the menace of free speech on the internet.