Over the weekend, Voice123 shared news of viral videos that were produced with voice talent on Voice123 and VoiceBunny. After that post, PrivateAccess, the company behind The Great Privacy Debate, informed us that a former member of the US President Reagan’s administration had been working on these voice projects.
You may have auditioned for it. We had to find out more, and it is not every day you find out a voice seeker used to work for a president. Tom Gibson is a former Special Assistant to President Reagan for 5 years, as White House Director of Public Affairs. He was also an editor and cartoonist of the Opinion section of USA Today. Now, you can call him a voice seeker. Given the web videos and jobs posted address privacy issues…and we do not talk to former White House Staff at all, we asked Tom Gibson a question about his past related to the topic:
- “What would President Reagan think of social networks and online privacy, if he were president, today?”
Mr. Gibson writes in his reply:
“I can only speculate about what Ronald Reagan would have thought about social networks, the explosion of the Web and privacy issues. On the one hand, I think he would have been pleased about the way the web enables the flow of news and information (unedited) to broad segments of the U.S. and global population. Indeed, during my tenure as director of Public Affairs, we moved to provide CONUS, and then ABSAT, access to all white House events and information, so these two satellite providers could “wholesale” White House content to news directors at local TV stations throughout the USA. The point was to break the lock-hold on what just three network News Executives “thought was news” in the White House on a given day. CNN was JUST getting started, but also…
a) He would have hoped that people would be good (smart) consumers of news and information. I think the concept of people organizing on the Web to pool talents and resources to solve problems would have really excited him.
b) I think he would MOST CERTAINLY have supported innovative and private sector solutions (not more government intrusions) into protecting privacy rights.
c) I also think he would have been MOST concerned about protecting young people, who are innocently being duped into providing personal information on the web, and he would mostly have placed the burden here on parents, churches, and schools to support and intervene where young-people were concerned. If you look at his leadership in launching campaigns for Missing and Exploited children… you’d conclude this.”
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