EU wants Internet governance to be Global
by FFE EU News Staff
The EU Commission announced plans to shift governance of the Internet from America to a more global stage as a solution to the threat of mass surveillance.
The mass surveillance of American intelligence unit National Security Agency (NSA) leaked by ex-NSA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden has led many countries to distrust allies and raised public outcry on breach of privacy. The NSA leak said that the agency also tapped the Internet to snoop on people.
The EC believes that cutting America’s influence on internet governance and dispersing control of the Internet to international groups will help keep the Internet ‘open, free… inclusive, transparent and accountable.’ At present, the America-based company Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is in charge of co-ordinating Internet systems around the world to ensure it remains operational.
Beginning Wednesday, the EC vowed to take concrete measures to shift Internet governance to an international and non-centralised panel composed of non-government organisations, countries, academics and private companies.
Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who is in charge of telecoms policy, commented that ‘Europe must contribute to a credible way forward for global Internet governance. Europe must play a strong role in defining what the net of the future looks like.’