Public conference in Detroit April 22
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship
12 March 2018
The American government and social media companies are censoring the Internet, under the guise of combating “fake news” and “Russian meddling.” The real aim is to suppress and criminalize the growth of domestic opposition to the policies of the ruling class.
The first three months of 2018 have seen an immense escalation of class conflict around the world. In the United States, the West Virginia teachers strike is being followed by demands from teachers in other cities and states for strike action. Protests of student youth against school shootings have expressed widespread hostility to war and social inequality.
In the media, there are increasingly explicit calls for urgent measures to suppress “radicalizing” and “divisive” views. Google’s move last April to manipulate its search results to blacklist left-wing, socialist and antiwar sites has been followed by changes to Facebook’s news feed aimed at prioritizing “authoritative content.”
The World Socialist Web Site has been a principal target of the government and corporate censors. As it marks the 20th anniversary of continual daily publication, the WSWS is leading the fight against the greatest attack on Internet censorship.
Speakers: David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS; Joseph Kishore, National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (US); Andre Damon, WSWS writer on internet censorship; and more.
Sunday, April 22, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Student Center Ballroom
5221 Gullen Mall
Wayne State University
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For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists
23 January 2018