Big Tech and Mainstream Media Form Coalition, Further Threatening Digital Privacy

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Big Tech and Mainstream Media Form Coalition, Further Threatening Digital Privacy

By Movieguide® Staff

A coalition of Big Tech and mainstream media companies called the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) wants to strip all privacy away from phones and computers. 

According to CBN, the coalition is “pushing new technology that could turn your phone or computer into an informant. Everything created on a device with a computer chip could be traced back to the author. Everything. Every post, every photo, and every video will have the creator’s digital signature on it.”

Breitbart writer Allum Bokhari noted that while the effort to stop the spread of misinformation is noble, it is easily abusable.  

“It’s not a bad idea to track down on information that’s false or misleading or deceptive. The problem is who are you going to put in charge of that? The people who have been put on in charge of it over the past four years, Silicon Valley companies, they’ve abused that power to crack down on information and viewpoints that they don’t like. They can use it as a tool of political interference,” said Bokhari, the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election. 

ZDNet reported on how the coalition will work: 

Adobe, Arm, Intel, and Microsoft have partnered with photo verification platform Truepic and the BBC to form the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA).

The coalition, open to further membership, is seeking to address the prevalence of disinformation, misinformation, and online content fraud through developing technical standards for certifying the source and history or provenance of media content.

Member organisations will work together to develop content provenance specifications for common asset types and formats, they said in a statement, to enable publishers, creators, and consumers to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of media, including images, videos, audio, and documents.

“There’s a critical need to address widespread deception in online content — now supercharged by advances in AI and graphics and diffused rapidly via the internet,” Microsoft chief scientific officer Eric Horvitz said. “Our imperative as researchers and technologists is to create and refine technical and sociotechnical approaches to this grand challenge of our time. We’re excited about methods for certifying the origin and provenance of online content.”

The new technology, proposed by the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity and reportedly backed by the leading big tech companies, mirrors the “Big Brother” governments of many dystopian movies and books. 

“The entire media, the entire establishment is on board with cracking down on so-called ‘misinformation.’ It’s how they’ve censored the internet over the past four years,” Bokhari added.

According to CBN, the C2PA has not commented on the new technology and people’s fear that it could squash free speech alongside “misinformation.” 

As Movieguide® has personally experienced, power in the hands of big tech cannot be trusted, as companies like Google will work to quash Christian/Conservative voices.

For example, Movieguide® Founder Dr. Ted Baehr released an inspiring video sharing his testimony that Google blocked because they claimed it violated their terms of service. However, the video did no such thing, and Google was forced to allow the video back online after Movieguide® disputed these claims.

Big tech cannot be granted unilateral power over the internet, lest they stamp out conservative dissenters they claim spread false information.