Countries from all over the world have pledged to support a democratic internet.
World leaders from more than 60 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have come together to sign a new accord aimed at ensuring the internet’s future.
According to the White House, the so-called Declaration on the Future of the Internet (PDF) would assist enhance democracy online since countries who have committed to its terms have promised not to sabotage elections by waging online misinformation campaigns or illegally eavesdropping on individuals.
At the same time, the declaration pledges to promoting online safety and equity, with participating countries promising to desist from imposing government-led internet shutdowns while providing both inexpensive and reliable internet access.
While the principles outlined in the Declaration of the Future of the Internet are not legally obligatory, they will serve as a guide for public policymakers, businesses, people, and civil society organisations.
The Internet’s Future Declaration
The Biden administration provided more insight into how the US and international partners will work together to safeguard the future of the internet in a fact sheet released by the White House, saying:
“By signing this Declaration, the US and its partners commit to working together to promote this vision and its principles around the world, while respecting each other’s regulatory autonomy within our respective jurisdictions and in accordance with our respective domestic laws and international legal obligations.”
Currently, 60 countries have signed on to the declaration, with the European Commission expecting more to join in the coming weeks. Russia, China, and India, predictably, are not participating in these efforts, but a senior Biden administration official did indicate in a background press call that “the hope remains that time hasn’t passed for India to join.”
Google, in a blog post, stated that the private sector must also play an essential role in developing internet standards, while Microsoft president Brad Smith stated in a separate blog post that governments cannot manage the global challenges facing the internet on their own.
Once governments start implementing the declaration, we’ll likely hear a lot more
Others who arrived late to the celebration decide to join in.
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courtesy of ZDNet