Editor’s Note: This is a partial repost of “The Censorship Master Plan Decoded,” available at this link (PDF).
The Censorship Master Plan Decoded (i.e. “The Adams Report”)
The blueprint for how tech giants covertly silence online speech, and how America can fight back against corporate tech monopolists
Part One: The Societal Cost of Censorship and the Denial of the Right to Exist
The predominant argument of pro-censorship advocates largely consists of claiming that because Google, Facebook, etc., are private corporations, they can therefore engage in discriminatory censorship of any kind they wish, without restraint or regulatory oversight. This argument collapses when seen in the context of the broad recognition that participation in dominant online platforms has become essential for personal, social and professional interactions in the modern world.
Just as citizens of fifty years ago could not meaningfully participate in society without phone or electricity service, today’s citizens cannot meaningfully participate in the modern world without an online presence, expressed through the dominant online communications platforms such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube.
Dominant online platforms have become essential services for meaningful participation in modern society.
This is further underscored by the fact that an individual’s online presence exerts forceful and lasting influence on their personal and social life, professional life, career…