(Patriot.Buzz) – In a move to curtail our American rights, Joe Biden’s administration has initiated brazen measures to expand governmental control over various facets of Americans’ digital lives, encompassing broadband internet, net neutrality, social media, and artificial intelligence (AI).
This thrust towards stiff regulation is a significant shift from previous policies. It has sparked discussions about its potential impact on American consumers and their freedoms, as the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
Mike Davis, the founder and president of the Internet Accountability Project, expressed concerns about the shift in the balance between governmental oversight and individual liberties. “These latest moves shift the balance between governmental oversight and individual freedoms heavily toward the government,” he said.
Davis noted that excessive control by the Biden administration might undermine the essence of a free digital environment, impact privacy rights, and foster a closer relationship between Big Tech and the federal government.
The administration’s directive for the Democrat-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop rules addressing “digital discrimination” illustrates this shift. Set for a vote in mid-November, these rules allegedly aim to combat inequitable access to broadband internet, a key element of Biden’s 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Jake Denton, a research associate at the Heritage Foundation Tech Policy Center, said that Biden’s plan represents an unparalleled expansion of regulatory power, potentially altering the operational dynamics of internet service providers (ISPs) and consumer experiences in the digital realm.
Moreover, the administration’s involvement in legal battles over social media censorship further underscores its push for control. After an appeals court partially upheld a block on the administration’s censorship efforts, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Missouri v. Biden. This case questions the administration’s attempts to regulate social media content.
The pursuit of expanded control extends to net neutrality and AI regulation. The FCC’s move to restore net neutrality by voting for a proposed rulemaking in October signals a shift from a market-driven approach to a more regulatory stance. As Jennifer Huddleston, a technology policy research fellow at the Cato Institute, told the DCNF, this approach could hinder market entry for entrepreneurs and innovators.
The administration’s comprehensive AI executive order, signed at the end of October, covers safety, security, privacy, innovation, and equity. It exemplifies the administration’s overarching strategy, according to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who stated that “there should be nothing that takes place on the internet that the administrative state doesn’t have a say to second guess it.”