Wayback Machine Latest Victim Of Deep State / Big Tech Censorship

 

In what is turning out to be something of a latter-day dot com bust, many small to medium-sized tech startups are teetering on the edge of oblivion as the deliberate economic shutdown eats away at their capitalization and opens the door for the biggest fish in the tech space and others to pick the ripest fruit from the tech start up tree.

As opposed to the original, this start up bust is accompanied by a very precise view of market opportunities for interested buyers and investors, brought on by an equally deliberate reshaping of workplace conditions and societal interactions which are driving companies like Microsoft to “aggregate capabilities” in “cloud computing, collaboration, access management, and other business continuity tools that saw a surge in demand during regional lockdowns.”

The ride-share behemoth, Uber, for example, is reportedly in talks to acquire Grubhub and expand its food-delivery operations, while Microsoft just completed its purchase of robotic automation company, Softomotive. One global research and advisory firm that focuses on IT and finance has even put out a guide “on how tech startups can best prepare for being acquired by a larger company,” revealing that just 13 companies accounted for a full 60 percent of the $150 billion raised by tech startups between March and April.

Signs that yet another massive wave of consolidation in the technology sector is on the horizon and is already raising concerns throughout the industry, but the fact that it is occurring in tandem with a larger push by outfits like Twitter, Facebook and other huge tech players to stifle freedom of online expression and association should make us pay closer attention to the dynamics at play.

Censorship creep

Under the guise of facilitating conversation, Twitter unveiled changes to the reply feature that ostensibly gives users more control, but in reality, it broadens the ability to censor content. The new format, still in testing mode, will allow users to select who can and cannot reply to their tweets. This, of course, presents a serious problem from the vantage point of free flowing interaction and gives even more power to the most popular accounts to stifle undesirable feedback, leaving their viewpoints publicly unchallenged.

Another seemingly innocuous development in the last few days was the announcement made by popular podcaster Joe Rogan on his move to Spotify. The comedian and UFC commentator’s immensely popular podcast has been freely available on YouTube and other platforms since its inception, but his multi-million-dollar exclusive licensing deal with the music platform will further cloister content behind a single outfit and likely diminish its reach and propagation.

Perhaps the most concerning, however, are the changes taking place at one of the most important research tools on the Internet and, up to now, a venerable tool for online transparency: The Wayback Machine.

Content that the elite find inconvenient is disappeared from the Wayback Machine.  In the search results you can sometimes see a forest of spikes over the time line of WM sampling/preservation yet when you go to a particular instance of S/P you see a blank video screen with a message something like “We don’t have a stored instance of this item.”

Sure.  WM sampled and preserved it like crazy as its timeline of “hit” shows but somehow nothing got saved.  I believe that.

Government does nothing about tech giant censorship because it’s a way for the government to avoid the problems with the First Amendment.  Get a “private” entity (with government contracts reaching to the heavens) to destroy free speech and the government is good to go.  Honest opinion, analysis and speculation based on what little “secret” info is made available — necessitating speculation let it be said — becomes “disinformation,” as though adults are incapable of sniffing out the garbage.

The UK and the US have their “Integrity Initiative,” 77th Brigade, the BBC, White Helmets, the VOA, Chemonics, Crowdstrike, Cambridge Analytica, Avaaz, Purpose, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Dept. of State, the Atlantic Council, Human Rights Watch, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy, the NYT, Wapo, CNN, USAID, Bell Pottinger, the OPCW, and the Democrat and Republican parties spew disinformation by the trainload but watch out for Joe Schmidlap in Dubuque, y’all.  A scheming disinfo artiste who has the Russian Embassy on speed dial.

We can spend future decades tinkering at the edges of what has given us this deep state swamp over past decades.

Or, we can focus on what has enabled the elite swamp to be seeded in our legal and financial systems; and, ultimately, to get itself declared equivalent to a Natural Person under Law, although it was only Property; and, to make its Money more powerful that Human Votes within our legislatures; and, ultimately, to neuter our democratic constitution; all of which, has rendered us nations of disenfranchised paupers standing at the edge of slaverry.

We need to take a hatchet and a blow torch to Citizens Unitedll the rest of these crypto – Marxist “defenders od democracy,” and, change radically the existing legal definitions of Corporate Standing.

That hatchet and that blow torch must come in the form of constitutional laws that state explicitly that a Corporation is “Property”; and, is, explicitly, NOT a “Person”; and, that a Corporation is explicitly, not equivalent, or comparable, to living, voting itizens, who are always Sovereign and Supreme within American Constitutional Jurisdiction.

Secondly, that Constitutional amendment must state explicitly that no Corporation shall have legal standing to be present in our legislatures for the making of NEW Law, unless summoned by the legislature; but, shall have full legal standing to be present within any and all Administrative Forums for the purpose of representing Corporate Interests under EXISTING Law.

Thirdly, these laws must state explicitly that corporate crimes that transgress upon; and impair legally established rights and liberties shall NOT be overruled by corporate policy; but, shall be punished by revocation of corporate licence.

If at any time over the past four decades, lawmakers had found the intellectual and moral courage to impose such laws and had appointed suitably qualified and experienced people to oversee the policing of Big Tech companies, we would not today have vertically integrated corporate monopolies involved in every aspect of our economies and societies, Corporate Lobbyists would NOT today influence every significant entity of national life and, we would not be disenfranchines by misinformation, content filtering and targeted ads. We would all have a reasonable chance of informing ourselves of what is going on in the world.

Without those changes to the way our nations are governed, made necessary by the planned shifting of the the major way we communicate information from print and broadcast news to The Internet, a medium that is so friendly to censorship and control of information it might have been designed with that purpose in mind, anything that our present leadership  achieves today to submit Corporate Power to the will of voters will be annulled almost immediately by changes to the algorithms.

Make no Mistake, this narrative might sound esoteric, or tangential; but, the people behind the Corporate Monopoly Power, that only recently gave us Citizens United, had the Moral and Intellectual wherewithal to spend the last hundred and fifty years working to put Citizens United in Place.

We must now know what we must do to reverse it; or, in a hundred and fifty years our Constitutional Rights will not even be a reference in any future version of The Way Back Machine.

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