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Fake news evidence session in Washington DC update – Parliament UK

www.parliament.uk/…/committees/committees…committee/…/fake-news-us-evidence/

Jan 25, 2018This oral evidence session is part of the Committee’s inquiry into Fake news and misinformation. This is the first ever live broadcast, public hearing of a House of Commons select committee outside of the United Kingdom. It will be a formal proceeding of the UK Parliament. A transcript of the proceedings will …

click on the link below to watch the FAKE NEWS on CSPAN

Member Parliament IanCLucas British FakeNews hearing – C-Span

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4713725/member…british-fakenews-hearing

4 days ago – February 8, 2018 More Videos From. BHOC Committee Hearing on “Fake News”. British Committee Hearing on “Fake News,” Part 1 · British Committee Hearing on “Fake News,” Part 2. More information about …

Representatives from social media organizations Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube testified before a British parliamentary committee examining “fake news.”

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The usual practice at the start of a select committee hearing is for the chair to thank the witnesses for having made the effort to come. At the digital, culture, media and sport committee’s latest hearing on “fake news” it was the other way round. For the first time in parliamentary history, an entire committee had upped sticks and decamped to the US.

Quite why they had chosen to do so was not altogether clear. As far as anyone was aware, Google, YouTube and Facebook all had senior executives working in the UK who were just as qualified to give evidence as their US counterparts. But on the off chance that the committee was hell-bent on hearing from the Americans, you’d have thought it was a great deal cheaper and much less of an organizational nightmare to fly them to the UK. After all, some of them were halfway to London having already flown 3,000 miles from Silicon Valley to join the committee in Washington.

A group of 11 British MPs flew to Washington at a cost of £30,000 to taxpayers.

But why?

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Ending net neutrality will save the internet, not destroy it | Fox News

www.foxnews.com/opinion/…/ending-net-neutrality-will-save-internet-not-destroy-it.ht…

Dec 16, 2017 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made the right move Thursday when it undid an Obama-era power grab commonly referred to as “net neutrality,” ending the agency’s micro-management of the internet. The FCC action benefits consumers and ensures that the internet will …

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NET NEUTRALITY IMPACT BEYOND THE US

So how does this (FCC)  decision in the United State Of America ending “net neutrality,”affect the United Kingdom and continental Europe?

In the UK, net neutrality is currently protected by European Union  policy 2015-2120 in support of a digital single market – Brexit fallout aside.

NET NEUTRALITY THE GLOBAL VIEW

In terms of global scope, the United  Nations  has recognized that internet access is a vital enabler for realizing its own Sustainable Development Goals.

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Watch part 1 and 2 of the videos on CSPAN, as a voting  American Citizen, it was quite apparent to me why they had chosen to do so,  But you decide.

Question everything? Location? Timing? Means? Opportunity? and Motive?

HOSTING ORGANIZATION

George Washington University

How Liberal is George Washington University?

Liberal speakers outnumber conservatives 3-to-1 at GWU

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10029

Oct 24, 2017 – Of the 45 political speakers hosted by The George Washington University during the 2016-17 academic year, 30 were liberal and just 9 were conservative.

A group of 11 British MPs flew to Washington at a cost of £30,000 to taxpayers.

But why?

What was  the UK British House of Commons really doing in WA DC?

 Just  having a British Committee Hearing on “Fake News”?

 Or using their UK meeting “Fake News” at a Liberal College as a back door for GLOBAL NET NEUTRALITY? 

The policy of the United Nations, the European Union  and the United Kingdom?

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YouTube: we’ve found no evidence of Russian interference in Brexit vote

https://www.theguardian.com/…/youtube-says-no-evidence-of-russian-interference-in-…

4 days ago – Juniper Downs, YouTube’s global head of public policy, said the company had “conducted a thorough investigation around the Brexit referendum and found no evidence of Russian interference.

But the claim was greeted by skepticism from MPs holding a public session at George Washington University, …

After Brexit, the UK Government could revoke this policy,. However, the  UK  Universal Service Obligation (USO), effectively makes broadband access a legal requirement, the  Digital Economy Act 2017 c.30

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February 8, 2018

British Committee Hearing on “Fake News,” Part 1 Representatives from social media organizations Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube testified before a British parliamentary committee examining “fake news.”

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Google and Facebook shocked – shocked! – about fake news | John …

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/…/google-and-facebook-shocked-to-find-fake-ne…

4 days ago – February 8, 2018 At the digital, culture, media and sport committee’s latest hearing on “fake news” it was the other way round. For the first … As far as anyone was aware, Google, YouTube and Facebook all had senior executives working in the UK who were just as qualified to give evidence as their US counterparts. But on …

Group of 11 British MPs flew to Washington at a cost of £30,000 to taxpayers. But why?

The usual practice at the start of a select committee hearing is for the chair to thank the witnesses for having made the effort to come. At the digital, culture, media and sport committee’s latest hearing on “fake news” it was the other way round. For the first time in parliamentary history, an entire committee had upped sticks and decamped to the US.

Quite why they had chosen to do so was not altogether clear. As far as anyone was aware, Google, YouTube and Facebook all had senior executives working in the UK who were just as qualified to give evidence as their US counterparts. But on the off chance that the committee was hell-bent on hearing from the Americans, you’d have thought it was a great deal cheaper and much less of an organisational nightmare to fly them to the UK. After all, some of them were halfway to London having already flown 3,000 miles from Silicon Valley to join the committee in Washington.

Some might call it a nice winter break at an estimated cost of £30,000 to the British taxpayer. The 11 MPs preferred to call it thoroughness and, to mark the occasion, they had had special lapel badges made for themselves. Every trip abroad deserves a souvenir. And after a day or so to acclimatise and recover from jet lag – the committee flew out to the US on Tuesday – everyone was gathered in an echoey white hall at George Washington University for a 9am start.

First in the firing line were Richard Gingras, vice-president of news at Google, and Juniper Downs, the global head of public policy at YouTube. Both were at pains to say how pleased they were to be there, how much they admired the work of the committee and how much they hated fake news. Just in case anyone had not been paying attention to this, they repeated how much they hated fake news.

The committee chair, Damian Collins, is a much shrewder operator than he sometimes appears and probed them rather more forensically than they expected on just how much they put the profit principle above such dreary considerations as monitoring fake news and making sure people weren’t using their platforms to influence election outcomes. “We’ve got 10,000 raiders to make sure people don’t misuse the Google search engines,” Gingras insisted. In which case, Collins observed, why was it that when you typed in Jew, the auto-complete function more often than not took you to an antisemitic website? Gingras shrugged. No one was perfect.

“It’s mission critical for us,” said Downs, when asked what Google-owned YouTube did to ensure the veracity and provenance of the news videos posted on its site. “We spend tens of millions of dollars on security.” She was then asked how much YouTube made in total. Downs bounced up and down in her chair nervously. “I don’t know,” she squeaked. Collins filled her in: $10bn. So YouTube was spending 0.1% of its earnings on security. Downs shrugged. Sounded plenty to her.

Things didn’t improve when Facebook’s Monika Bickert, its head of global policy management, and Simon Milner, its policy director for the UK, Middle East and Africa, got their turn in front of the committee. Milner’s appearance was especially baffling as he is a Brit through and through and could far more easily have been questioned in London.

Like Google and YouTube before them, the Facebook execs were mortified that anyone might have been using their websites for anything other than the greater glory of self-improvement. In fact they were so appalled that they were now voluntarily implementing security measures that the regulators had recently imposed on them.

None of it was terribly enlightening. Just about the only thing we did learn was new media execs talk the same bullshit the world over. And 11 MPs probably didn’t need to travel 3,000 miles to discover that.

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Watch part 1 and 2 of the videos on CSPAN, as a voting  American Citizen it was terribly enlightening  to me, but you decide.

Question everything? Location? Timing? Means? Opportunity? and Motive?

George Washington University has a history

GW students: Our profs are liberals

A conservative students group at George Washington University researched the political leanings of the faculty and found evidence of “substantial liberal bias.”

The university chapter of Young America’s Foundation found that 92 percent ($221,490) of political donations by GW faculty in the 2008 primary election cycle went to Democratic candidates, while 8 percent ($20,500) went to Republicans. In the presidential election, the ratio was nearly the same, 91 percent to 9 percent.

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A group of 11 British MPs flew to Washington at a cost of £30,000 to taxpayers. But why?

What was  the UK really doing in WA DC? Just  having a British Committee Hearing on “Fake News”? Or using their UK meeting “Fake News” at a liberal college as a back door for GLOBAL NET NEUTRALITY?  The policy of the United Nations, the European Union  and the United Kingdom?

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HOSTING ORGANIZATION

George Washington University

British House of Commons

PEOPLE IN THIS VIDEO

Monika Bickert Head Facebook->GLOBAL POLICY Management

Damian Collins Member United Kingdom (Conservative)

Juniper Downs GLOBAL Head YouTube->Public Policy and Government Relations

Julie Elliott Member United Kingdom (Labour)

Paul Farrelly Member United Kingdom (Labour)

Richard Gingras Vice President Google->News

Simon Hart Member United Kingdom (Conservative)

Julian Knight Member United Kingdom (Conservative)

Ian Lucas Member United Kingdom (Labour)

Christian “Chris” Matheson Member United Kingdom (Labour)

Simon Milner Policy Director Facebook->United Kingdom, Middle East, and Africa

Carlos Monje Assistant Secretary (Former) Department of Transportation->Policy

Brendan O’Hara Member United Kingdom (Scottish National)

Nick Pickles Public Policy Manager Twitter->United Kingdom

Rebecca Pow Member United Kingdom (Conservative)

Jo Stevens Member United Kingdom (Labour)

Giles Watling Member United Kingdom (Conservative)