The Australian government’s eSafety Commissioner called for a “recalibration” of the right to freedom of speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) during its annual meeting which sees global elites from enterprise and government descend on the ski resort town of Davos, Switzerland.
Speaking to the WEF panel on Monday, commissioner Julie Inman Grant spoke of the need to rethink various rights, including the right to free speech.
“We are finding ourselves in a place where we have increasing polarization everywhere, and everything feels binary when it doesn’t need to be,” Inman Grant said.
“So I think we’re going to have to think about a recalibration of a whole range of human rights that are playing out online, from the freedom of speech to be[ing] free from online violence,” she added.
Australian eSafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant tells the World Economic Forum we need a "recalibration" of freedom of speech. pic.twitter.com/zEq72wFhNf
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) May 23, 2022
Australia’s eSafety independent regulator, created following the passing of Australia’s controversial Online Safety Act, is described as “the world’s first government agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.”
The 52-year-old eSafety commissioner, who was reappointed for a further 5-year term by the Australian Government earlier this year, also called for similar readjustments for “the right of data protection” in light of “the right to child dignity.”
Inman Grant appeared last week on a panel — chaired by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) — of the far-left British think tank the Center for Countering Digital “Hate” (CCDH), which has waged a campaign of pressure against Facebook to force the social media giant to clamp down further against conservative media.
She is currently working with the White House Gender Policy Council as well as the Government of Denmark on the Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Harassment and Abuse.
In response to the commissioner’s message, the House Committee on the Judiciary GOP account tweeted, “No.”
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) May 23, 2022
The response was echoed by the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) organization.
“No thank you. Not in America. Don’t mess with our free speech here,” wrote former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL).
“We like our First Amendment just fine, no matter how much ‘recalibrating’ of free speech the rest of the world does,” he added.
No thank you. Not in America. Don’t mess with our free speech here. We like our First Amendment just fine, no matter how much “recalibrating” of free speech the rest of the world does. https://t.co/cReERltHVZ
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) May 24, 2022
“The World Economic Forum thinking they have any right whatsoever to weigh in on limits to free speech is ridiculous,” wrote former Democrat presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.
“No you evil freaks, we will not be recalibrating anything,” wrote Rubin Report host and free speech advocate Dave Rubin.
No you evil freaks, we will not be recalibrating anything. https://t.co/u8452XWsyV
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) May 23, 2022
The matter comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prepared to set up the recently-paused “Disinformation Governance Board” intended to combat “misinformation” online.
Biden Ministry of Truth: DHS Creating "Mis- and Disinformation Governance Board" pic.twitter.com/xEOS86kG8b
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 27, 2022
Word of the board sparked Republican outrage, with many comparing it to the “Ministry of Truth” that disseminated propaganda in the classic dystopian fiction novel “1984,” while calling to defund it.
The DHS paused the board’s work last week amid questions concerning free speech.
Earlier this month, the WEF’s globalist architects of the Great Reset threw their weight behind the concept of Central Bank Digital Currencies, claiming that state-controlled cryptocurrencies will “revolutionize” the future of finance.
Just days before the annual meeting in Davos, the WEF released a list of technologies that it believes will “change the world by 2027,” including such New World Order staples as the Metaverse and so-called green energy.
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