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Global Internet Treaty

A proposed international Internet treaty “would enshrine in law the founding principles of open standards and net neutrality, and protect the web from political interference.”

“The proposal was presented at the Internet Governance Forum in Lithuania last week, and outlined 12 ‘principles of internet governance’, including a commitment from countries to sustain the technological foundations that underpin the web’s infrastructure. The draft law has been likened to the Space Treaty, signed in 1967, which stated that space exploration should be carried out for the benefit of all nations, and guaranteed ‘free access to all areas of celestial bodies’. Under the proposed terms of the law, there would be cross-border co-operation between countries to identify and address security vulnerability and protect the network from possible cyber attacks or cyber terrorism.”


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