Thursday, April 24, 2014

Global Impact: President Rousseff Says No Country Should Have More Weight Than Another Re: Cyberspace

According to The Latin American Tribune, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said at a gathering on Wednesday (April 23) that no country can have “more weight than another” in governing cyberspace.

She made her remarks at the opening of the NETMundial international conference, where delegations from more than 85 countries will debate Internet regulation issues and endeavor to reach agreement on a new oversight model.

The push to reformulate Internet governance gained momentum in Brazil after documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden revealed the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on the phone calls and e-mails of Brazilian citizens and companies, including President Rousseff herself.

COMMENT: Angry at NSA's excesses, it is obvious that President Rousseff wants to punish Washington for "stepping over the line, and spying on upwards of 30 trusted foreign allies."

In her speech Wednesday, Rousseff criticized the US for its engaging in “unacceptable” economic espionage and said the monitoring of communications runs counter to the Internet’s essence as a “plural, open and free” medium of communication.

“This meeting is in response to a global desire for changes to the current situation and the systematic strengthening of freedom of expression and the protection of basic human rights, including the right to privacy,” Rousseff said.

During the event’s inauguration, the president hailed the US’ recent decision to relinquish its oversight of ICANN, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that assigns Internet domain names or addresses.

Although I readily acknowledge that the Obama Administration's bad behavior has placed into question US integrity, who is best able to objectionably "police" the Internet? 

Iran? Syria? China? Russia? Iraq?

How will the global community prevent the politicization of the Internet?

“From now on the new institutional and legal accord (governing) the system of Internet domain names must be constructed with the broad participation of all interested sectors, and not only the traditional actors,” Rousseff said.