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RSN™ Commentary: Talking About The Real Causes Of The State We Are In
A participant in one of our social media groups objected to a comment about President Obama that was made in an article.
It Important That You Understand Our Position
We are a unit – a division of the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS]
While we are a victims assistance & support organization registered with the United States government, we are also a political advocacy organization hounding Congress to improve different aspects of the legal governance of the Internet.
We are a politically motivated organization. We are motivated for law & order. Those that support it we endorse.
We support the current United States Administration.
Then Candidate Trump gave our Chairman significant time to discuss these issues prior to his election. After the election, we played a role in 3 new laws and several Executive Orders affecting the Internet. In fact, one of them was partially written by our organization (SCARS).
More importantly, there are a huge number of problems in the governance of the internet still remaining. it is impossible to correct problems by ignoring the causes.
To undo past mistakes in yourself, in others, and in our governments, you have to be willing to honestly recognize them for what they are. Not just what they are but how they were created. You have to look at the failures and decide if they warrant calling out, not only to fix them but also as learning exercises to improve government decision making as it applies to our subject area.
We have decades of perspective on the mistakes made in the governance of the Internet since our Chairman was on the internet starting in 1981, was a cofounder of a major multi-billion dollar ecommerce company that moved onto the web in 1995, and who has seen the transition to lawlessness day by day since.
The Clinton administration may have been at the root of many of these problems but we give them credit for doing a good job trying to sort it all out and they could not have anticipated the outcomes of what they did in the 1990’s when they passed the Communications Decency Act.
The problem had not yet really materialized during the Bush administration either, but they took substantial leaps forward with the Children’s Online Privacy & Protection Act, HIPPA & GLBA establishing privacy & security standards, and others such as 21CF11. In fact, it was the Bush administration that reigned in the original big dog in social media MySpace in 2005. Ironically that opened the door for Facebook.
But by Obama’s term, it was all crystal clear and the level of open internet crime was staggering. Instead of addressing these issues we and others only me obstruction and disregard that were evident in attempts to address the growing number of fakes. There were vast problems, including unchecked romance scams, and while law enforcement did their best, they were ignor