facebook linkedin twitter

US Signs Onto ‘Declaration for the Future of the Internet’

May 2, 2022 by Madeline Hughes
US Signs Onto ‘Declaration for the Future of the Internet’

WASHINGTON — The United States joined 60 global partners in signing an agreement to work toward a common vision of the internet of the future that is “open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure.” 

The agreement is not legally binding, but the signers, who include President Joe Biden, intend it to be used as a reference for public policymakers, as well as citizens, businesses and civil society organizations.

“We are united by a belief in the potential of digital technologies to promote connectivity, democracy, peace, the rule of law, sustainable development and the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the declaration states.

The three-page declaration lays out broad goals to allow the internet to reinforce participation in democracy while also maintaining net neutrality, security and reliability. It also asks countries to not “splinter the global internet,” which means blocking certain platforms and websites, a reference to rising authoritarian governments cracking down on the information their citizens can access.


According to the declaration, “The internet should operate as a single, decentralized network of networks — with global reach and governed through the multistakeholder approach, whereby governments and relevant authorities partner with academics, civil society, the private sector, [the] technical community and others.”

It also states that technology should help with “combating climate change and protecting the environment whilst reducing as much as possible the environmental footprint of the internet and digital technologies.”

The broad language doesn’t specify how any particular country or partner should go about reaching these goals, only that those signed onto the agreement will work together. This declaration comes at a time when laws regulating the internet are gaining traction.


The European Commission recently came to an agreement on multiple pieces of legislation that address both the content and competition of tech companies. And in the United States momentum builds for the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, bipartisan tech competition legislation proposed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

This comes at a time when Russia is waging war on Ukraine and blocking outside information from its citizens, including blocking Facebook in early March.

Ukraine signed the declaration, but Russia, which has been linked to a variety of cybercrimes, including the 2021 ransomware cyberattack of the Colonial Pipeline, did not.

The 60 countries and global partners that signed the declaration represent nearly every corner of the world including the European Commission to countries such as Albania, Maldives and others. 

After Biden signed the declaration, Cyber Director Chris Inglis led a private discussion with other leaders from those countries that appeared to center on improving cybersecurity as one of the top issues, according to the readout of the call.


“They discussed ways to collaborate to improve cybersecurity and achieve the declaration’s vision of an open, inclusive internet that fosters competition, protects privacy and defends human rights. Participants emphasized the important role of both the public sector and the private sector in achieving cybersecurity outcomes,” the statement said.

Madeline can be reached at [email protected] and at https://twitter.com/ByMaddieHughes

A+
a-

In The News

Health

Voting

Technology

May 17, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Report Details ICE Surveillance Dragnet

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system... Read More

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system that can be used on nearly any American, regardless of immigration status, according to a new report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology. “[Immigration... Read More

May 13, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
More School Buses Could Get Wi-Fi

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by... Read More

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by the Federal Communications Commission. The new rule, if adopted, would allow districts to apply for funding to connect school buses to wireless internet through the E-Rate... Read More

May 11, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Microsoft Details Cyberwar on Ukraine

WASHINGTON — As the war rages on, information and public trust in the government are two of Russia’s top targets... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the war rages on, information and public trust in the government are two of Russia’s top targets in Ukraine, according to a new report from Microsoft. “Collectively, the cyber and kinetic actions work to disrupt or degrade Ukrainian government and military functions to... Read More

May 9, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Internet Providers Promise $30 Service

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of Americans will have access to high-speed internet plans for $30 or less, President Joe... Read More

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of Americans will have access to high-speed internet plans for $30 or less, President Joe Biden announced Monday. The partnership with 20 different broadband internet providers “gives families a little more breathing room to pay their bills,” Biden said from the... Read More

May 9, 2022
by Dan McCue
Illinois Utility Invites Young Women to Participate in EV Rally

CHICAGO — Commonwealth Edison Company, the electric service provider to more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, is holding... Read More

CHICAGO — Commonwealth Edison Company, the electric service provider to more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, is holding an “EV rally” this summer to encourage young women to choose future careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The utility, also known as ComEd, has... Read More

May 5, 2022
by Dan McCue
Boeing to Relocate Headquarters to Arlington

CHICAGO — Boeing revealed today that it is relocating its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia, and will establish a... Read More

CHICAGO — Boeing revealed today that it is relocating its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia, and will establish a major research and technology hub at its new location. “We are excited to build our foundation here in Northern Virginia,” said Boeing chief executive Dave Calhoun... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top