ICANN 48 is currently ongoing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
One of the primary issues on discussion, is the single most important question: Who gets to run the Internet?
Currently, the Internet is the direct evolution of the US-created military network. The US still retains the supreme governing of it.
Recent revelations on the PRISM mechanism, a surveillance system created by the NSA, have made other nations quite nervous.
This nervousness is expressed in the initiative, driven by ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé, which aims for a decentralized Internet, away from US command.
The conference to discuss this in detail, is going to take place in Brazil in April 2014, most likely on the 23rd and 24th.
Brazilian tech media, are covering the event today extensively – some excerpts via automatic Google translation:
The government announced on Monday (18) that you want to accomplish, in April 2014, a meeting to discuss global issues involving the internet, including the right to privacy and freedom of expression on the net, which arise after the revelations made by spy U.S. government and allied countries.
According to Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo, the Brazilian government wants the meeting to take place between the 23th and 24th of April, in São Paulo, and involving representatives of governments, companies and civil society. According to Bernardo, the U.S. government has been invited to participate.
The meeting will serve a “broad discussion” about the future of Internet governance in the world. At the end, the Brazilian government expects a list of overarching principles, or rights granted to persons within the network. Furthermore, it should be discussed creating a “new architecture” for dealing with global issues such as freedom of expression and privacy.
“The idea is a broad debate involving the construction of an international global governance [Internet] that can, above all, guarantee freedom, guarantee the rights [of users],” said the Foreign Minister, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo.