As if the thought of “handing over control of the internet” to the United Nations wasn’t scary enough (it’s really handing over the naming rights of the ISP addresses), the latest email/communication to catch the eye of the Daily Caller News Foundation from the DCLeaks cache of 2,500, deals with the topic of controlling information available on the internet. Specifically, what is to be taken down and what will be allowed to remain.
The document itself is dated in 2014 and outlines the “Open Society” Soros and his “non-profits” seek to promote…with private opinion censorship.
“Our freedom of expression work furthers the free exchange of information and ideas via the media and internet, and proposes to begin to address the free expression and association rights of NGOs. The internet has been a key tool for promoting freedom of expression and open societies — as in the Arab Spring — and is a potential safeguard against monopoly control of information in such places as China and Central Asia,” page 19 of the document notes.
“But it is also presenting underaddressed challenges, including lack of regulation of private operators that are able to decide, without due process procedures, what information is taken off the Internet and what may remain. A ‘race to the bottom’ results from the agendas of undemocratic governments that seek to impose their hostility to free speech on the general online environment. We seek to ensure that, from among the norms emerging in different parts of the world, those most supportive of open society gain sway.”…
One of the “Program concepts and initiatives” listed in the document is to “Promote — by advocating for the adoption of nuanced legal norms, and litigation — an appropriate balance between privacy and free expression/transparency values in areas of particular interest to OSF and the Justice Initiative, including online public interest speech, access to ethnic data, public health statistics, corporate beneficial ownership, asset declarations of public officials, and rights of NGOs to keep information private.”
Another initiative is to “Establish states’ responsibility to collect data necessary to reveal patterns of inequality, and define modes of collection that are effective and protect privacy.” (RELATED: UN Internet Agenda Tied To George Soros)
Throughout the document, OSJI’s position appears to be that private actors on the internet must be brought under international control in order to prevent them from suppressing each other’s freedom of expression and speech.
(Emphasis from this writer.) How that manifests is anyone’s guess.
What is ironic with this particular document – 34 pages of an outline for international control of the internet that would ensure…freedom of speech from world governments? – is that it is part of a cache that has disappeared from the internet. It was wiped from the DCLeaks webpage. These are communications from the Open Society Foundation and its subsidiaries that are notoriously secretive. Astute readers will note that “NGOs” or non-government organizations (like the UN, Open Society Foundation, and others) should be allowed to keep their operations private, according to the document. (This would be the end of Charity Navigator and like websites that keep non-profit claim transparent and honest.)
Fortunately for the rest of us, The Daily Caller saved a copy of the communications and is able to deliver a steady drip of information that will never be reported on the regular news organs. The optics are not good for anyone who thinks that American-style freedom of speech would be maintained in any sort of international takeover of the internet. This document very clearly presents the case for stamping out messaging that does not fall in line with the Open Society agenda.