Hitting Back at Big Tech With Competition (Dreamstime)
By Michael Cozzi | Saturday, 08 May 2021 09:32 AM
The ongoing culture war Big Tech is waging against conservatives, libertarians, or any other online political voice on the right has developed into a growing existential problem for political activists and the Internet.
Certainly, the decision Wednesday of Facebook to ban former President Donald Trump is an obvious case in point. It is no longer than the case Big Tech is censoring or deplatforming solely individual commentators — now, it is Big Tech is expanding its operation to banning app developers, websites, and even the former president of the United States.
Americans have heard politicians rail against this steady intrusion against Americans' natural right to speak freely online. Yet, there has been little that is substantive in what the politicians have delivered thus far.
"If conservatives are so mad about these companies deplatforming them, then why don't they make their own web-hosting platforms instead of relying on self-avowed progressives in Silicon Valley?" goes the standard retort from the left.
As of today, there is such a developer that is doing precisely that: Martin Avila, CEO of RightForge.
RightForge, in Avilia's words, "looks at the infrastructure of the internet, and it comes down to the hard assets. The watershed moment for us was when Big Tech shut down Parler. We started RightForge because we have connections with people who own the assets, the data centers, etc., and now we have that alternative for AWS (Amazon Web Services).
"The libertarians who Big Tech is censoring should be thanking us for providing a solution that doesn't revolve around Section 230. We have taken our country's founding principles in the Declaration and Bill of Rights and instilled them into a company. You can now reinstitute those into everything on the internet. We don't need to be an umpire calling balls and strikes."
Avila defines RightForge as "revolutionary". This is, he told us, "because we're more than just a solution. We are reinstituting the Bill of Rights into the Internet. We have the ability to migrate any company's website and its assets right now. We recognize that Big Tech needs competition, and we want to create a space for companies to facilitate that competition."
Avila expects Big Tech will try to stop this fresh competition.
"I think that that's what Big Tech does as a business model," he said. "Their modus operandi is that you don't even know that it's happening. Why does [Rep.] Devin Nunes [R-Calif.,] have 500,000 followers on Rumble and 15,000 on YouTube? When you use our service, you have the assurance that you're not going to get deplatformed for what you say or do. Every time Big Tech does something, they show the world that they aren't participating in the same economic paradigm that we thought everyone follows."
As Avila embarks on his entrepreneurial crusade against Big Tech in the marketplace of ideas, he approaches his new competitors with a resolve tempered by his passion for the American Founders.
"The government has the power to fix the problem, but until they decide to act, Americans have to take the initiative and solve the problem themselves," he said. "RightForge is a service that will protect your entrepreneurial spirit because that is what America did and how it became what it is. I respect the tech innovators for shepherding their innovative companies, but I don't respect you as much as I respect the Founders."
Admirers see Avila as the incarnation of the up-and-coming entrepreneurs that successfully beat out the market share of J.P. Morgan's U.S. Steel in the early part of the last century. Only time will tell if this new company will curtail the cartel kingpins in Silicon Valley and their censorship.
(Michael Cozzi is a Ph.D Candidate at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.)