Letting Technology Discover a Much-Desired Political Balance

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Human beings might be the smartest species ever, but that hasn’t saved them from making a ton of mistakes. This piece of information has, in fact, been proven quite a few times throughout our history, with each testimony encouraging us to find a defensive cover. To the world’s credit, it will find just the right answer here once it brings dedicated regulatory bodies into the fold. Having a well-defined authority across each and every area was a game-changer, as it instantly concealed a lot of our shortcomings. Nevertheless, the stated utopia was never meant to last, and if we are being honest, it was all because of technology. You see, the moment technology was given the keys to our lives; it instilled what was a hugely layered dynamic around the block. By doing so, it gave people the room to fulfil their ulterior motives at the expense of others. The stated reality expectantly overwhelmed our newfound governing structure and sent us back to square one. Fortunately, though, the wheels will roll again to get regulatory bodies back into the driving seat. These efforts have already started paying dividends, and a new development involving Google only solidifies the shift moving forward.

Federal Election Commission has formally approved a proposal from Google that would make sure all those political campaign emails are not marked as spam. As per the established details, political parties, political action committees or even candidates who apply for the special program can get their messages exempt from Google’s spam detection technology. Google’s intention to introduce this plan is actually born out of a study that claimed company was disproportionately flagging Republican fundraising emails as spam when compared to those of Democratic lawmakers and candidates. The tech giant, somewhat unsurprisingly, disputed the accusation, but that was never going to be enough. On top of the existing hullabaloo, the New York Times released a sensational report, which revealed how the total amount donated to GOP entities and federal campaigns fell by more than 12 percent in the second quarter when compared to the first quarter. The report prompted Republicans to create a full-fledged bill that was centered upon blocking email providers like Google from algorithmically sorting federal campaign emails. With pressure raging up at a breakneck pace, Google would finally propose the program in question.

“The Commission concludes that the proposed pilot program would be permissible under the Act and Commission regulations and would not result in the making of a prohibited inkind contribution,” the letter from FEC read.

Nevertheless, despite the sound of it, there are people who didn’t feel pleased by the commission’s decision to green light the program, and DNC’s (Democratic National Committee) executive director, Sam Cornale is certainly one of them.

“With Google’s spam filter removed, participating committees will be incentivized to employ the abusive fundraising tactics that Google’s spam filters would have otherwise caught, with the knowledge that this behavior will not be curtailed, but rather rewarded,” Cornale said. “Donors will be harmed, and confidence in our democracy and its leaders will be undermined.”

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