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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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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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