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We need a ‘second internet’: Tech expert seeks to build a censorship-free web

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Technology expert Martin Avila spoke to Sara Carter during Monday’s episode of her podcast about his project to create a “second internet” amid social media platforms suspending or penalizing the accounts of many conservative voices.

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Avila is the CEO of Right Forge. It is a full-service technology infrastructure company specializing in high-availability cloud hosting, web development, managing and protecting online assets for companies, campaigns and organizations who care about an open and free internet.

Carter opened by asking Avila if he ever would have thought that the United States would reach this current point in time regarding free speech and social media.

“I didn’t,” Avila replied.

“A few years ago, you know, [I] started to get scared,” he continued. “You know, the power of big tech, when the internet of things really started taking hold—and well, my buddy told me that he has a computer in his barbecue. Those are the types of things that […] makes you go, ‘Wait. The world is the internet now.’ And these companies don’t live by the rules that the country is founded upon. […] They’re governed by profit. They’re governed by their board of directors, whoever they’re from.”

“Then you see things like the deplatforming and the censoring happening,” Avila added. “And yeah, it’s sad that we’ve reached this state, but never thought I would get here, frankly.”

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Carter, bringing up his opinion piece in Newsweek last month titled “A Second Internet is Needed for American Survival,” then asked Avila about his outlook on the future and how he can go about building a completely new infrastructure for the internet.

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“I think that people need to first and foremost remember what the internet is,” he began. “The internet is essentially two cups and a string. It’s the actual foundational network that all of these companies live on top of. So when we used to make phone calls, you know, AT&T, […] they had a lot of the fiber, […] the optics.”

“But, you know, there’s progress on Google, Facebook, all these things—Amazon, even—they have convinced us that they are the internet. And they’re driven by profit to connect us with […] Amazon Alexa […] in our kitchens, the doorbell, you know, Ring, even your thermostat, to continue to project their influence into our day-to-day lives. But at the end of the day, the internet is servers and interconnectivity between those servers,” Avila continued.

“And also what we’re doing is actually deploying the foundation of the internet and reaffirming the Bill of Rights on that platform,” he added. “And from there, we will then grow and produce applications […] that will also reaffirm the American foundation principles.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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