Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum (WEF) is ramping up its efforts to push for increased censorship online.
Ahead of the looming annual WEF summit in Davos, Switzerland, the WEF has rolled out its plan to “tackle” so-called “misinformation” and “harmful online content.”
As Slay News recently reported, online censorship is one of the key topics of discussion listed in the agenda for the 2023 Davos conference.
In preparation for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which runs from 16–20 January 2023, the WEF’s “Global Coalition for Digital Safety” has laid out the organization’s goals for online censorship.
On its website, the WEF describes the initiative as:
The Global Coalition for Digital Safety aims to accelerate public-private cooperation to tackle harmful content online and will serve to exchange best practices for new online safety regulation, take coordinated action to reduce the risk of online harms, and drive forward collaboration on programs to enhance digital media literacy.
The Global Coalition for Digital Safety has now published a white paper on its plans for online censorship which will be used to instruct world leaders on “how to tackle” so-called “misinformation” during this year’s summit.
The key idea behind WEF’s effort is that the tenets of “international human rights” such as they are, can and should be “translated to online, digital safety, and affect everybody; individuals, as well as businesses and other groups.”
It’s not long before a write-up announcing the effort on the Switzerland-based group’s website gets to the point: “harmful online content,” and how to “tackle it. ”
All the usual rhetorical “aids” are used to justify and make the case.
However, the WEF’s goals simply descend into speech restrictions and censorship of the average person.
The organization uses vague terms such as “misinformation” and “harmful content” quite frequently but never thoroughly defines what information it wants to censor.
The WEF also claims that “tackling” the “harmful online content” would help protect children from abuse, stop terrorism and hate speech, and also deal with self-harm and suicide.
However, it never says how it will do that.
The WEF also lays out plans to form an online “army” to censor content.
It described the “army” as a “public-private” partnership that brings together such companies and government regulators as Facebook (Meta), Amazon, Microsoft, Google, the UN, the UK’s Ofcom, and a number of select NGOs.
According to the white paper, the WEF coalition’s principles seek to “advance digital safety in a rights-respecting way, drive multi-stakeholder alignment, encourage positive behaviors and actions across the digital ecosystem, and inform and enable regulatory, industry and societal efforts and innovations.”
Something called the Platform for Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment, and Sport is tasked with managing “the work on the global principles.”
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