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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 ignored by the White House. In fact, the signature act by the Obama administration was to give away the Internet to an unregulated uncontrolled international body just prior to the 2016 election.
Now we are well downstream and there are over 25 million romance scam victims. Bringing this problem to check after nearly 10 years of neglect is a massive challenge, especially since the U.S. can no longer do something as simple as shut off access to IP addresses in other countries.
Working Towards Solutions
Ironically, China has the best working solution – but for the wrong reasons – cutting off a good portion of the world. But as we and the Chinese government discovered in June, it didn’t prevent cybercriminals from operating inside their borders. Over, 1,300 romance scammers were arrested in China in June with the cooperation of SCARS. Since then SCARS has set up formal offices in Guangdong Province in China with affiliations to major universities and governmental institutions there, just as we have here.
Unlike most people, we are not ignorant of the root causes and mistakes of the past that have driven us all to where we are today. We are transparent on these issues and speak openly about them. We actively support the action of the current administration as it regards our core issues, and members of Congress regardless of their party.
We will continue to voice the issues that matter to scam victims both in recovering from these crimes that have already occurred but also in every way possible to eliminate the problems at their source now and in the future.
Politics Beats Reason Any Day!
We know there are some who cannot discuss factual issues, but instead rely on headline news without an understanding of the history involved. As the saying goes, those that do not know history are cursed to repeat it.
We are proud to be one of three global nongovernmental organizations working the problem. We will say what we factually know to be true and everyone is welcome to accept it, discuss it, ignore it, or not use our services. That is the choice every adult has. However, we h