What’s next for global internet freedom under the Trump administration?

Posted by Guest on June 14, 2017 in Blog

By Annie Riley

While Americans are accustomed to free speech and internet freedom, so much so that fake news and alternative facts has become widespread, it is important to remember that 2/3 of all internet users live under some form of government censorship. In the U.S., conspiracy theorists spread rumors that the Sandy Hook Massacre was an inside job and the Denver airport was built to house the world’s leaders after the apocalypse, but in countries like China, internet users are blocked from using the most popular search engine, Google.

On Wednesday, June 14, the Brookings Institute hosted a panel...

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DNC 2016: Right to Privacy

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"Democrats reject the false choice between privacy interests and keeping Americans safe. We need liberty and security, and each makes the other possible. We will protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people—standing firm against the type of warrantless surveillance of American citizens that flourished during the Bush Administration. We support recent reforms to government bulk data collection programs so the government is not collecting and holding millions of files on innocent Americans."

"We will support a national commission on digital security and encryption to bring together technology and public safety communities to address the needs of...

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RNC 2004: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

As tagging and tracking citizens is inconsistent with American freedom, we oppose the creation of a national identification card or system. 

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DNC 2004: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We must always remember that terrorists do not just target our lives; they target our way of life. And so we must be on constant guard not to sacrifice the freedom we are fighting to protect. We will strengthen some provisions of the Patriot Act, like the restrictions on money laundering. And we will change the portions of the Patriot Act that threaten individual rights, such as the library provisions, while still allowing government to take all needed steps to fight terror. Our government should never round up innocent people only because of their religion or ethnicity, and we should...

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RNC 2000: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

Government also has a responsibility to protect personal privacy, which is the single greatest concern Americans now have about the Information Revolution. Citizens must have the confidence that their personal privacy will be respected in the use of technology by both business and government. That privacy is an essential part of our personal freedom and our family life, and it must not be sacrificed in the name of progress. 

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RNC 1996: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We will not constrain U.S. intelligence personnel with "politically correct" standards that impede their ability to collect and act on intelligence information. We will conduct whatever intelligence operations are necessary to safeguard American lives against the terrorists who bomb our airplanes and buildings. 

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RNC 1996: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We will not constrain U.S. intelligence personnel with "politically correct" standards that impede their ability to collect and act on intelligence information. We will conduct whatever intelligence operations are necessary to safeguard American lives against the terrorists who bomb our airplanes and buildings. 

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DNC 1980: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

The Carter Administration and the Democratic Congress have enacted legislation to control the use of wiretaps by the government in the pursuit of foreign intelligence. Social and technological changes are threatening our citizens' privacy. To meet this challenge, the Carter Administration has developed the first comprehensive: privacy policy. Under this policy, administrative action has been taken to cut the number of federal files on individuals and legislation has been passed to protect the privacy of telephone conversations and bank accounts. In the 1980s we must complete this privacy agenda. Broad legislation must be enacted to protect financial, insurance, medical, and...

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DNC 1976: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We pledge effective and vigorous action to protect citizens' privacy from bureaucratic technological intrusions, such as wiretapping and bugging without judicial scrutiny and supervision

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RNC 1980: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

The essence of freedom is the right of law-abiding individuals to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without undue governmental intervention. Yet government in recent years, particularly at the federal level, has overwhelmed citizens with demands for personal information and has accumulated vast amounts of such data… Republicans share the concerns…as to the nature, use, and final disposition of the volume of personal information being collected. We are alarmed by Washington's growing collection and dissemination of such data. There must be protection against its misuse or disclosure. ..The Republican Party commits itself to guaranteeing an individual's right of privacy....

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