A few days before the inauguration, Ben Edict, a professor at the University of Southern California, released a new book, “A New America: A Plan to Transform Our Nation.”
The title is an apt metaphor for the new president.
“There is no plan that can be implemented without the approval of the people who elected you,” Edict said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “No one can accomplish this alone.
And the people of this country have never been more anxious to lead, and the people they elect have never done better.”
It’s a view shared by many on Capitol Hill, including a majority of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
“I don’t think it’s possible to do this alone,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said during a hearing last week on the threat of an unsecured internet connection.
“That is a problem.”
Edict sees the internet as a bridge between the future and the present.
“We’re talking about a world in which we have an unlimited ability to connect and share information and we have no restrictions whatsoever,” he told the committee.
“It is time to reorient how we interact with each other in the digital age.”
The Internet has also been a lightning rod for controversy.
After Trump’s victory, Edict published a book, The End of Privacy, that was widely criticized as anti-immigrant and sexist.
On March 15, the day of the inauguration ceremony, the website Reddit removed a post by Edict and his co-author, Aaron Kesselheim, after it was identified as a hate speech.
Kesselstein and Edict apologized for their comments.
“As a person who has been a lifelong advocate for free speech and the right to free speech, I deeply regret the language used in the comments,” they wrote.
“The words I used were completely and unequivocally unacceptable.
The offensive language I used was unacceptable, and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended.”
The internet is also a target for a new generation of activists, many of whom are young people with no ties to the political world.
Edict told Axios that he thinks the internet will become a battleground in the 2020 election.
“If we can get the right young people to participate in our elections, the internet can be the battleground,” he said.
“But it has to be a battleground that is not based on identity politics or gender politics.
We can’t have the internet be a proxy for white supremacy.”
The new administration has already started cracking down on the internet.
In February, the White House banned the use of the term “white supremacist” on the social media site Reddit, and it has revoked a series of temporary user permits that allowed people to access websites that support white supremacy.
“To those who have experienced online harassment, the recent actions by the White house will send a clear message that our online communities are not places to hide,” the administration said in its statement.
The government has also imposed strict rules on the use and sharing of government resources online, including the Federal Election Commission, the Justice Department, the Federal Communications Commission, and several federal agencies, including NOAA and the Federal Aviation Administration.
“Any and all online platforms, including websites, must be designed to protect the privacy of their users,” the FCC said in March.
“This includes prohibiting any sharing of personally identifiable information that could identify users or third parties on a platform.”
The FCC is one of several agencies that have announced plans to shut down internet service providers that block or throttle web traffic, including AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.
The Trump administration has also ordered the FCC to repeal the Open Internet Order, which would have prohibited internet service companies from blocking or throttling websites or websites that promote or promote hate speech or violence.
Edicts book is not a political statement, but it’s an attempt to explain the need for a free and open internet.
Edictions book is an attempt for the American public to understand how a new administration will affect their lives.
Ediction is available for Kindle and ePub.