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[liberationtech] What should the "liberation tech" response be to ISIS-related recruiting online?
carlo von lynX
lynX at time.to.get.psyced.org
Thu Jul 2 06:18:10 PDT 2015
On Wed, Jul 01, 2015 at 06:00:08PM +0000, Sean Lynch wrote:
> I don't think it's possible to simultaneously enable people to exercise
> freedom of speech on the Internet while preventing the use of the net for
> things we don't agree with. Recruiting for ISIS is just speech, and any
> tools that would enable governments to stop that would also enable them to
> stop other kinds of speech they find inconvenient.
I have two suggestions to make to handle recruitment and
abuse of suicidal radicalized persons:
1. Improve the web to better provide a rational debate on
all the issues rather than creating rhethorical bubbles
where the analysis of how evil capitalism and the west
have become is put in perspective where possible and
where the consequences of suggested action are especially
refuted - just because the world is evil doesn't entitle
you to make it even worse. Currently discussion platforms
on the web which are suited for rational debate rather
than populistic blabber are hard to find.
2. Take the criticism seriously. The capitalist west *is*
destroying the foundations of human life on planet Earth.
As long as there is no credible political effort to fix
this, we cannot expect frustrated youth not to radicalize
against the status quo.
Had we proper democracy, the problem would probably not
- Yes, the recruiters would enjoy Secrecy of Correspondence
enabling them to recruit without governments watching.
- But, opposing political movements would not be impeded to
form, therefore political change would already be happening.
- Thus if we had proper democracy we would already have fixed
wealth distribution and economic/ecologic sustainability
instead of wondering how it is possible that although 99,9%
of Earth population want things differently, the leading 0,1%
continue to do as they please.
- Therefore the recruiters would not find anyone to recruit
for stupid kamikaze action happenings.
In other words, terrorism is a problem caused by lack of
democracy. The solution is to fix democracy.
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