Declaration for the Future of Internet
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- At the same time, millions of people still face barriers to access and cybersecurity risks and threats undermine the trust and reliability of networks.
- 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.
- 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.
- The declaration emphasises that the internet should be decentralised and globally interconnected.
- So far, 60 partners have endorsed the declaration and more countries are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
- 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.