Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Politicians Worldwide Pursue Censorship

Originally Published September 10, 2012; Last Updated November 14, 2017; Last Republished November 14, 2017:

Politicians worldwide must pursue transparent governance and continuous campaigns to reduce corruption instead of censorship—kudos to Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi who must be immediately released from jail and permitted to non-violently express dissent as he sees fit.

India's strategy of arresting dissidents for sedition has a long history of failure—failing in our nation when dissidents were arrested, jailed and prosecuted under our Alien and Sedition Acts of 1789.
Cartoons Against Corruption


UPDATED 11/14/2017 Telegraph, Governments in 30 Countries Are Paying 'Keyboard Armies' To Spread Propaganda, Report Says and FreedomHouse, Freedom on the Net 2017, Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy (pdf)

Government propaganda is a form of opaque censorship and differs from government persuasion, which tries to transparently convince a constituency based on uncensored facts.

UPDATED Halloween Bloomberg, Tech Companies Set to Tell Congress About Russian Election Meddling

Psst, don't use the ridiculous Russia election meddling and recent dis(mis)information campaigns as an excuse to censor, filter, or regulate speech on the Internet.

Yes, help our intelligence, media, and citizenry do a better job informing themselves and others about how meddling and dis(mis) information campaigns work (Russia's and others), without censorship, filtering or regulation.

UPDATED 09/18/2017 NYT, How Facebook is Changing Your Internet

UPDATED 08/21/2017 Telegraph, Cambridge University Press reverses China self-censorship decision and Reuters, UK publisher pulls scholarly articles from China website at Beijing's request and NYT, Cambridge University Press Removes Academic Articles on Chinese Site (The China Quarterly)
UPDATED 07/31/2017 BBC, Putin Bans VPNs In Web Browsing Crackdown and Engadget, Apple pulls VPN apps following China crackdown (update: statement)
UPDATED 05/02/2017 BBC, China to Launch Wikipedia Rival in 2018 Does a state encyclopedia compete with a public one like fake news competes with real? Admittedly, one could think of many less beneficial ways to employee 20K people.

UPDATED 01/18/2017 CJR, An Open Letter to Trump from the US Press Corps

It seems useful to remind the prospective president of the United States that he's a temporary guest in our White House. He would do well to respect our Constitution, customary practices, and the cherished status given our First Amendment.

Perhaps we can "relocate" move the prospective president of the United States to a tent on the White House lawn as a teachable moment of American constitutional priorities.

UPDATED 11/08/2016 WilsonCenter, Protecting Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law in the Age of Terrorism

The Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government has become an embarrassment for Turkey, European Union, and NATO.

UPDATED 10/17/2016 TED, We can fight terror without sacrificing our rights

No Nations' government, individually or jointly will defeat terrorism with censorship.

UPDATED 09/16/2016 SecrecyNews, FAS Website Blocked by US Cyber Command, Then Unblocked
UPDATED 05/20/2016 PCWorld, U.S. says proposed Chinese regulations may fragment the Internet and HarvardUniv, How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument

All politicians will forever try and fail to control "the message"—China and the 50¢ party (五毛党), Turkey, North Korea, Egypt, Iran, Israel, United States, Britain, Singapore [substitute your favorite repressive or not so repressive government] et al. will also fail.

UPDATED 02/22/2016 FP, China’s New Age of Fear
UPDATED 12/29/2015 CCTV,  President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at 2015 World Internet Conference and WP, China’s Xi tells grumbling party cadres: ‘Don’t talk back’

Our government has nothing on China when it comes to flowery speeches, which drastically deviate from behavior when it comes to establishing, maintaining, and governing an open uncensored Internet.

UPDATED 01/24/2014 ICIJ, Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite and China - China censors reports about elite's hidden funds and CDT, ICIJ Discloses 37,000+ Names of Offshore Clients

Suppose that stability (or harmony) requires governance by consensus, an informed citizenry and a transparent government.

Opaque governments implicitly suppose stability (or harmony) requires censorship and secrecy, often blaming transparency and others for any eventual instability that invariably ensues.

Government leaders (or surrogates) secretly and opaquely sending large sums of money out of their country seems like indicia of instability. Subsequent censorship of information disclosing such secret transfers coupled with military aggression, exaggerated nationalism and repression of dissidents seems like a baleful omen of an accelerating instability.

Ironically, increasing the instability, which censorship and secrecy seeks to avoid!

UPDATED 12/11/2013  BBC, Will China expel foreign journalists?

A global citizen's rights to open, transparent, and coercion-censorship-corruption-free government must be universally established, maintain and protected. These minimum universal rights must inalienably attach to each citizen of all nations and governments.

ReutersIndia, Cartoonist arrest revives free-speech debate in India
LighthouseInsights, Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi Arrested: A Mockery Of Democracy

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