“Declaration For The Future Of The Internet” Signed By 56 Nations

Canada and the U.S. have joined about 56 nations in signing a commitment called the ‘Declaration for the Future of the Internet,’ to set new global rules for the internet that are underpinned by democratic values. The roughly 2,000-word document reflected a year or so of consultation by Biden administration officials with other governments, as well as with private-sector, academia, and civil-society representatives. 

In addition to its calls to refrain from “government-imposed internet shutdowns or degrading domestic internet access,” and “blocking or degrading access to lawful content, services, and applications on the internet,” the declaration backs measures to promote “affordable, inclusive, and reliable access to the internet,” plus a variety of privacy, security, and human-rights goals.

David Masson, Director of Enterprise Security at AI cyber security company, Darktrace had this comment:  

“People have been warning about the ‘Balkanisation’ of the internet for some time, splitting what should be a universal communication system into various blocs and areas of influence. At last, a group of democratic countries is taking steps to reverse some of the uglier aspects of the internet and insert some order and rules to support and promote positivity on the web.

The group of 56 countries will have to expand for this initiative to be successful. It will also take more effort to counter the opposing forces out there who see the protection of human rights, the promotion of the free flow of information, increased privacy, and any regulations for a growing global digital economy as threats to their order systems.”

This is going to be interesting to watch as I fully expect nations like China and Russia to push back on this, and seeing how they respond to this will be something to see. In the meantime, this in my opinion is a very positive move as long as the nations who sign on abide by this.

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