Invite-only Bilderberg Meeting in D.C. publishes list of participants but bans press coverage to protect “highest level of openness and dialogue.” Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Trump supporter Peter Thiel sit on its steering committee.
By Greg Piper June 20, 2022
World and business leaders met in Washington, D.C. for the past few days for “informal discussions” about geopolitical realignments, Russia, Ukraine, “disruption of the global financial system,” “post pandemic health” and disinformation, among other subjects – all off the record.
The annual invite-only Bilderberg Meeting, which traces its roots to a postwar concern about insufficient cross-Atlantic cooperation, publishes a list of its participants and discussion topics, but bans “reporting journalists” from attending “to encourage the highest level of openness and dialogue.”
Its steering committee, which funds the meetings, includes failed Georgia gubernatorial Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, World Economic Forum President Borge Brende and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, but also venture capitalist and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel, a strong supporter of former President Trump.
This year’s meeting included current and former CIA directors William Burns and David Petraeus, Schmidt, Thiel, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla and Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who ordered the freezing of Freedom Convoy supporters’ bank accounts.
Reams of other U.S. and European government officials also attended, including Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Treasury Deputy Secretary Adewale Adeyemo, National Security Council Director Jake Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Defense Celeste Wallander, vetern diplomat Henry Kissinger, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas, and Prime Ministers Sanna Marin of Finland and Mark Rutte of the Netherlands.
Participants are banned from attributing the information they receive at the meeting to specific participants or their affiliations, known as Chatham House rules.
Activist group Reclaim the Net highlighted some of the attendees, topics and the nature of the meeting Saturday. The meeting’s FAQ page brushes off criticism it has faced as the product of “anti-globalisation protests and various conspiracy theorists” who have “expressed wild allegations about the purpose of the gatherings” and spread them “online and in social media groups.”
by Perry | Jun 21, 2022
We all know how Big Tech giants are violating our rights and undermining our democracy by putting their products and services above everyone else. There are currently two new bills Congress is considering that will challenge Big Tech’s monopoly power. Do we want an internet where big gatekeepers abuse their monopoly power to stifle competition and enforce censorship or do we want the internet to be an open, super-highway of democratic information? These new bills will help fight back against big tech and build an internet that’s competitive.
That’s why we are joining Fight for the Future, DuckDuckGo, Protonmail, and other privacy-focused organizations and internet companies to call on US policymakers to pass much-needed legislation that aims to make the internet open so that everyone has a shot. Big Tech is scared of these bills and has already spent over $36,000,000 on ads to discredit these bills. Google also put out a blog post, claiming these new bills would compromise user security.
Summary of the Bills
The American Innovation and Choice Online Act – S. 2992, H.R. 3816
This bill prohibits certain large online platforms from engaging in specified acts, including giving preference to their own products on the platform, unfairly limiting the availability on the platform of competing products from another business, or discriminating in the application or enforcement of the platform’s terms of service among similarly situated users.
The Open Apps Markets Act – S.2710, H.R.5017
This bill establishes rules related to the operation of an app store by a covered company (i.e., the owner or controller of an app store with more than 50 million U.S. users).