Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

From WSWS:

The growing wave of working-class unrest is exposing and clarifying basic political questions. Among them is the central purpose of the campaign by the tech giants, the US government and the mass media to censor the Internet, under the fraudulent pretense of combating “fake news” and “Russian meddling.” The real aim is the suppression of social opposition.

Within the media, there are growing warnings about the way workers have used the Internet to organize their struggles and escape the stranglehold of the corporatist, anti-working-class trade unions. And there are growing demands for explicit restrictions on left-wing views as part of a campaign against “extremism.”

The New York Times published a column Sunday (“YouTube, the Great Radicalizer”) complaining that YouTube’s algorithms are directing people to “leftish conspiratorial…arguments about the existence of secret government agencies.” The author, Zeynep Tufekci, from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, complains that “YouTube [which is owned by Google] may be one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments of the 21st century.”

“Human beings have many natural tendencies that need to be vigilantly monitored in the context of modern life,” Tufekci writes, associating interest in left-wing politics with addiction to sugar and fatty foods. “The situation is especially dangerous given how many people—especially young people—turn to YouTube for information.”

She concludes her brief for authoritarian control of what people are viewing on line: “This state of affairs is unacceptable but not inevitable.” In other words, greater censorship methods are required.

Read the full report on the WSWS

To expose the growing drive toward censorship, and to organize resistance, the World Socialist Web Site, International Youth and Students for Social Equality, and the Socialist Equality Party are holding a series of meetings throughout the US, “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship” (see below). We urge all of our readers to attend these meetings, publicize them as widely as possible, and contact the WSWS to organize a meeting in your area.

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Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship: Public Meetings

More meetings are being scheduled. Contact us to help organize one in your area
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Monday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Union Ballroom West
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

San Diego State University
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Storm Hall West Room 011
San Diego, California

University of California - Berkeley
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Barrows Room 20
Berkeley, California

University of California San Diego
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Social Sciences Building Room 101
San Diego, California

Eastern Michigan University
Monday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
EMU Student Center Room 330
Ypsilanti, Michigan

University of Florida
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Student Union Room G320
Gainesville, Florida

Wayne State University
Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Student Center Room 384
Detroit, Michigan
New York University
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center Room 905/907
New York City, New York

Western Michigan University
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Bernhard Center Room 212
Kalamazoo, Michigan

University of Michigan
Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan League Hussey Room
Ann Arbor, Michigan

SUNY Geneseo
Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.
Newton 209
Geneseo, New York
Northern Virginia Community College
Wednesday, April 4, 3:00 p.m.

CC Room 237
Annandale, Virginia
Portland State University
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
Urban Building, Parson's Room
Portland, Oregon
Detroit, Michigan
Sunday, April 22, 11:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wayne State University
Student Center Ballroom
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