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São Paulo prepares to host international conference on Internet governance

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From left to right, ministers of Communications, Paulo Bernardo, Science and Technology Marco Antonio Raupp, and Foreign Affairs, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo

Brasilia, 11/18/2013 – Sao Paulo will host on 23 and 24 April 2014, an international conference to discuss the new model of global internet governance. The proposal of the Federal Government was announced on the morning of Monday the Ministers of Communications, Paulo Bernardo, Science and Technology Marco Antonio Raupp, and Foreign Affairs, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo.

The idea for the meeting came from the speech of President Dilma Rousseff at the opening of the UN General Assembly, motivated by revelations that the U.S. government spied authorities and Brazilian companies.

According to Bernardo, the event will have a “non-governmental character” and will require a very wide convocation. “Governments are invited to participate, but will mainly be a multisectoral meeting also involving representatives of civil society and the private sector,” he said.

The Foreign Minister said that the aim of the meeting is to have a broad debate with all concerned sectors. “The idea is to build international governance that can above all guaranteeing individual freedom and protect human rights in order to use to the fullest the new media with the internet as its centerpiece,” he said.

Have the Minister of Science and Technology cited the Brazilian model participatory and democratic governance of the internet’s Internet Steering Committee (CGI), created in 1995 and brings together 20 members.

“This proposal of São Paulo meeting came a beautiful experience that Brazil has in the field of Internet governance. Ali represents all major sectors of society. The Decalogue that guides their actions is now recognized worldwide. So Brazil has a leading position in this sector, “he said.

The Minister Paulo Bernardo explained that the proposed meeting is broader than the project of the Civil Marco Internet being discussed in Congress. According to him, some tasks of control of the internet should be maintained with the third sector.

“What we found is that governments should act where it is necessary, as in cases of cyber crime, terrorism, espionage and pedophilia. Our civil March has principles that can be replicated, but does not deal with international issues that still need to be addressed, “he added. Source mc.gov.br


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November 25th, 2013


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