Why Is A British Baroness Drafting California Censorship Laws?

Would you be surprised to find out that the censorial, moral panic bill based on hype and nonsense, but very likely to pass in California and potentially change how the internet functions… was actually written by a British noble with a savior complex?

Why Is A British Baroness Drafting California Censorship Laws?

Sounds like more censorship and narrative control! Not to mention, privacy rights violations!


The Plan to Blow Up the Internet, Ostensibly to Protect Kids Online (Regarding AB 2273)

To recap: the AADC would erect digital barriers throughout the Internet for everyone; drive some businesses out of the industry entirely; expose everyone, including children, to greater privacy and security risks; strip vulnerable users of access to sensitive information they need; create chilling effects that discourage critical and whistleblower content; shrink the Internet for California minors; and put California minors at a permanent professional disadvantage.

Who Would Benefit From California’s Age Appropriate Design Code? Apparently Porn Companies, Privacy Lawyers, And Medical Disinfo Peddlers. But Not Kids

The issue with both of those options is that the only way to do that is by using age verification technology. Age verification technologies have always been a huge mess. They don’t work well, they’re often easy to get around, and they’re usually incredibly intrusive and dangerous to privacy. And it turns out that the biggest provider of age verification technology is… MindGeek, the massive (and massively secretive) company behind Pornhub (and basically every other porn site).

So, in an effort to “protect the children,” California may effectively be forcing everyone to hand over tons of personal data to the guys who run Pornhub — a company that just recently had to remove the majority of its videos after an investigation showed many videos involved child sexual abuse.

‘I turned my back on my film career to protect children online’

Hailed as pioneering and one of the most impactful examples of legislation ever to target technology firms, Kidron’s code is now being implemented globally. Later this year, a US version of it is set to become law in, of all places, California, the home of Silicon Valley. Australia, Canada and EU countries are following suit.

But that’s not the end of the matter. This autumn Baroness Kidron will take to the trenches in Parliament to save the Online Safety Bill, an even bigger legislative measure imposing a duty of care on tech firms. It aims to protect children from “illegal” harms, such as child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as grooming, bullying, pornography and the promotion of suicide, self-harm and eating disorders.

She admits she was a “novice” in the way Parliament works and how to “make change” by amending laws, but was supported by a cross-party alliance comprising Tory peer Dido Harding, Labour’s Wilf Stevenson, the Lib Dems’ Tim Clement-Jones and the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell.

They helped her drive through the amendment to introduce the children’s code as part of the 2018 Data Protection Act. “I was really, really appalled that the main debate about children around the Bill was whether we put a child at 13 or 16,” she recalls. “And I was like, ‘No, hang on a minute, we are signatories to the UN Convention on Children’s Rights. The age of adulthood is 18.’”

[Beeban] Kidron is the Founder and Chair of 5Rights Foundation, an organisation she established in 2013 to promote the rights of children online. At the launch she described it as a civil society initiative that aims to make the digital world a more transparent and empowering place for children and young people. 5Rights signatories include UNICEF, the NSPCC and Barclays bank. Starting out as the iRights campaign, in 2018 it was formally registered as a charity formally constituted as The 5Rights Foundation.

5 Rights Foundation states that its mission is to build the digital world children and young people deserve.[29] It develops policy, regulation and innovative approaches to digital issues on behalf of children and young people, working with an interdisciplinary network of experts. 5Rights has pioneered a range of international policies and programmes, such as; developing Child Online Protection Policy for the Government of Rwanda; contributing to the creation of a General Comment (codicil) on the digital world, to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); and working in partnership with IEEE Standards to create Universal Standards for Children and for Digital Services and Products.

From 2019 to present, [Beeban] Kidron sits on the House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee,

[Beeban] Kidron is also a member of the UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, a UN commission set up to support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals; a member of the Global Council for Extended Intelligence; a member of the UNICEF Artificial Intelligence and Child Rights policy guidance group; and sat on the WeProtect Child Dignity Alliance Technical Working Group.