Lindsey Grahams New Proposed Bill - Thoughts?

numbersjunkie

I just saw this story up about a proposed bill being circulated by Graham and Democrat Blumenthal. It's goal is to purportedly to stop the distribution of child sex abuse material, which is fine with me, but it sounds like it could be a real disaster for free speech and reeks of government overreach. The 15-member commission they propose sounds like an incubator for corruption.


https://gizmodo.com/lindsey-graham-is-quietly-preparing-a-mess-of-a-bill-tr-1841394208




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Kathy

Sounds like Big Brother.

From the article;


It doesn’t take a genius to see where this is going. The federal government, and especially the DOJ, have wanted tech companies to build surveillance backdoors into their end-to-end encrypted messaging services for years. They insist that they are only interested in preventing major crimes like terrorism or sex trafficking, but in reality building those backdoors would create a convenient pipeline for domestic surveillance.

I’m all for eliminating online child porn but I think there must be other ways to do it. The Govt has been after Apple for years to give them a backdoor. I’m sure they have their own methods but they want to do it legally with Apples consent.

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elvis

This bill sounds like a wolf in sheep's clothing (go figure). I certainly think it's a very bad bill.

The OP link caused offensive content to appear on my screen. Here's an alternative site:

The bill, known as the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, grants sweeping powers to the Executive Branch. It opens the door for the government to require new measures to screen users’ speech and even backdoors to read your private communications—a stated goal of one of the bill’s authors.

Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have been quietly circulating a draft version of EARN IT. Congress must forcefully reject this dangerous bill before it is introduced.

EARN IT Is an Attack on Speech

EARN IT undermines Section 230, the most important law protecting free speech online. Section 230 enforces the common-sense principle that if you say something illegal online, you should be the one held responsible, not the website or platform where you said it (with some important exceptions)…

EARN IT would establish a “National Commission on Online Child Exploitation Prevention.” This Commission would include the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and 12 other members handpicked by leaders in Congress. The Commission would be tasked with recommending “best practices for providers of interactive computer services regarding the prevention of online child exploitation conduct.” But far from mere recommendations, those “best practices” would bring the force of law. Platforms that failed to adhere to them would be stripped of their Section 230 protections if they were accused (either in civil or criminal court) of carrying unlawful material relating to child exploitation.

Laws relating to restrictions on speech must reflect a careful balance of competing policy goals and protections for civil liberties. Lawmakers can only strike that balance through an open, transparent lawmaking process. It would be deeply irresponsible for Congress to offload that duty to an unelected and unaccountable commission...

https://libertarianhub.com/2020/01/31/congress-must-stop-the-graham-blumenthal-anti-security-bill/

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ohiomom

"grants sweeping powers to the Executive Branch"

What's not to love, big daddy calling the shots for everyone? We luv us some trumpy, go for it big daddy.

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elvis

I didn't realize Blumenthal was a Trump fan, om. From the article above:

Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have been quietly circulating a draft version of EARN IT.

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lionheart_gw (USDA Zone 5A, Eastern NY)

I cannot support this bill. It's another example of using Tragic Events (tm) to justify removing Constitutional protections from the vast majority of people who are not doing those Bad Things.

No. No surveillance state, no reporting on communications without a warrant. They are trying to disrupt communication between citizens by holding a 3rd party provider responsible and making that provider an agent of the government. I'm sure it's just coincidental that any perceived violations by those companies will also incur huge fines, payable to the government.

While pedophiles are contemptible pieces of human waste, they can be found the old-fashioned way - through infiltration by police agencies, obtaining warrants, and setting up sting operations. I do not want Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. to be turned into policing agencies for the government. I hope they resist.

I would write my Senators but they would probably be tickled pink at the prospect of collecting fines and spying on people who are guilty of wrongspeak.

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ohiomom

Now now y'all know that this is just a reaction by liberals that hate Trump, give over to the big guy, you must submit to Trumpy and the syndicate. Resistance is futile.



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elvis

^^^That is confusing, om. Do you agree with the bill because Blumenthal has a hand in it, disagree because Graham has a hand in it, or like lh and me, think that it's a terrible idea? Or do you feel some alternative way about the bill?

Or maybe you're not on topic?

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numbersjunkie

is Blumenthal supporting this or did he just get his hands on it and circulate it? I don't think that was clear?

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elvis

It's hard to tell, as the bill hasn't been introduced. As the article I quoted above said: Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have been quietly circulating a draft version of EARN IT.

The title of the article I posted the link to above is:

Congress Must Stop the Graham-Blumenthal Anti-Security Bill

Posted by Electronic Frontier Foundation | Jan 31, 2020 | Politics & Culture | 0

Going back to the last time they tried this (2017), it looks like Blumenthal has continuing interest in this issue, he just changes the name:

Yet now that entire online ecosystem is in danger. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have recently introduced the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (S.1693), which would unravel Section 230 protections and to make platforms liable for being in the middle of sex-trafficking enterprises. SESTA’s sponsors have made clear they’re specifically going after Backpage.com and other internet classified-ad websites that some might use to market sex services.

https://slate.com/technology/2017/08/a-bill-to-stop-sex-trafficking-could-curtail-internet-freedom.html

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how2girl

It has a “baby/bath water” feel about, not “a careful balance of competing policy goals and protections for civil liberties”

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catkinZ8a

Not on topic...



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