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EU, US, and others sign ‘declaration for the future of the internet’

The United States, all EU member states, and 32 non-EU member states have announced the “Internet Future Statement” which defines the priorities as “open, free, global, cooperative, reliable, and secure.” internet. It demonstrates goals such as empowerment, pure neutrality, and the elimination of illegal content without restricting free speech – although it does offer a few unique things to achieve.

The three-page statementwhich is also summarized White House and European Commission, offers a comprehensive network view as well as a combination of many unique features for 61 signatories. “We are united in our belief in the power of digital technology to promote connectivity, democracy, peace, law, sustainable development, and the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the document begins. But “access to the internet has been restricted by some authoritarian governments and the Internet and digital tools are being used to suppress freedom of expression and deny other human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The announcement of the technology emphasizes the need for the Internet to be globally integrated and cohesive, with countries saying they must “refrain from undermining the infrastructure necessary for public access and internet integrity.” That is the naked denial of “exclusion”, internet disconnected and countries have banned services and internet closures. It contradicts the views of countries such as Russia and China (neither non-signatories) that have severely restricted access to foreign websites and apps. It also contradicts Ukraine’s unsuccessful request to secede from Russia international domain services.

The debate over confidentiality and security documents reflects the steps taken by the EU in particular in recent years, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Digital Services Act (DSA), which will impose major obligations. network services to eliminate and prevent illegal content. harm to users. It condemns the use of “algorithmic tools” for protection and repression, including social credit cards – the idea of ​​the EU weighing in on legislation after it became widespread in China.

The signatories also agree to uphold the principles of pure impartiality and “avoid blocking or reducing access to legitimate information, services, and online applications,” although they do not discuss laws that may deter private internet service providers. to do so. It is unclear how this language will comply with the signing laws such as the UK Online Safety Act, which requires companies to minimize the appearance of “legal but harmful” information on the Internet.

Most of the principles cover well-trodden lands, but some details are very close to the modern legal debate. The signatories agreed to work together to “reduce as much as possible the environmental impact of the Internet and digital technology,” for example. That promise can only be played out when countries explore the regulation and adoption of cryptocurrency, which is often very energy-intensive. Despite its name, however, the evidence is large enough that it does not tell us much about how countries will shape the future of the internet – at least not beyond their legal.