GS Paper - 3 (Internet)

The US, all the European Union (EU) member states and 32 non-EU countries have signed a "Declaration for the Future of the Internet" that calls for an "open, free, global, interoperable, reliable, and secure" internet. The declaration represents a political commitment among partners to advance a positive vision for the internet and digital technologies.

What

  1. It also reaffirms and recommits its partners to a single global Internet - one that is truly open and fosters competition, privacy, and respect for human rights.
  2. The declaration said that globally, we are witnessing a trend of rising digital authoritarianism where some states act to repress freedom of expression, censor independent news sites, interfere with elections, promote disinformation, and deny their citizens other human rights.
  3. At the same time, millions of people still face barriers to access and cybersecurity risks and threats undermine the trust and reliability of networks.
  4. The declaration aims to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people and promote a global Internet that advances the free flow of information.
  5. It also advances inclusive and affordable connectivity so that all people can benefit from the digital economy and promote trust in the global digital ecosystem, including through protection of privacy.
  6. The declaration emphasises that the internet should be decentralised and globally interconnected.
  7. So far, 60 partners have endorsed the declaration and more countries are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
  8. The partners in the declaration affirm that the Internet must reinforce core democratic principles, fundamental freedoms and human rights as reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.