UN Under Secretary General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming proudly gloats, “we own the science” on climate change during a World Economic Forum panel on “Tackling Disinformation”. Fleming singles out as an example the relationship between Google & the UN that helps ensure resources favourable to the UN are shown at the top of search results for climate change instead of results the UN views as “distorted”.
Although partnerships between Governments, NGOs and tech platforms have become commonplace over the last decade, the accelerated response to control scientific debate around COVID-19 ramped up the normalisation of the dissemination of online discourse being controlled by the aforementioned entities. In this context, it’s not surprising that the UN is now openly being proactive about owning the science in a manner “the world should know”, especially as censorship of debate around COVID-19 had little to no mainstream resistance.
Why work within the murky backwaters of covert online censorship and suppression when you can do it in plain sight and brag about it on stage at the World Economic Forum?