Trump and the Trump Admin: How to Save the Internet
President Donald Trump and his White House are scrambling to make a difference on the internet, and one of the first tasks will be ensuring that government officials and lawmakers can continue to access and share content without having to worry about government interference.
It’s a job that the new Trump Administration is putting its considerable resources into.
But the challenge of defending against online censorship is not a new one for the White House.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, the Trump administration pushed for a “net neutrality” rule that would allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast to throttle and censor content that is perceived as harmful to the online environment.
In 2018, President Trump was caught on video pushing for the creation of a federal task force to tackle “cyber-crime,” but the plan never came to fruition.
Now, with the new administration, the task force is under scrutiny.
The new White House has announced a plan to make sure the internet remains free for Americans and will ensure that all Americans have access to the full range of online content.
In addition to the Whitehouse Task Force, the administration is also looking at ways to strengthen Internet regulation, including an effort to regulate ISPs like Verizon and AT&T, which have been accused of using their monopoly power to block competitors.
While it’s important to preserve the internet for the American people, the new president also wants to give Americans more control over their own internet use, which could mean a “neutrality” policy that would ensure the public doesn’t have to fear that their online activity is being throttled or censored.
“We want to ensure that our users have access and access to all of the content they want to access, but we also want to keep the internet free for everyone,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Thursday.
According to a press release from the WhiteHouse.gov, the President’s “Internet Freedom Task Force” will include representatives from various government agencies, civil society organizations, consumer advocacy groups, technology companies, and academic institutions.
“[The] goal is to make the internet accessible to all Americans and create an environment that supports the Internet as a tool for freedom and innovation,” Sanders added.
“We will also work with the private sector and Congress to protect the Internet from attacks that threaten the integrity of its openness and the freedom of speech and information it provides to the American public.”
Accordingly, the White Houses Office of Internet Policy will work with Congress and other relevant government agencies to ensure the Internet remains open and available to the public.
As the Trump Administration moves to protect net neutrality, it is important to remember that the internet is not static and that changes in policy will be made to address issues like this.
For more on the White house’s plan to protect internet freedom, check out this video from The Atlantic.