The US announced the Declaration for the Future of the Internet signed by 60 countries

The US announced the Declaration for the Future of the Internet, which was signed by 60 countries, outlines the vision and principles to reclaim the promise of the Internet and establish an open global network. The declaration is a response to the recent malpractices to control the internet. ‘Some states have been acting to repress freedom of expression to censor independent news sources, to interfere with elections, promote disinformation around the world and deny their citizens other human rights,’ said a Biden administration official.  In this vein, the declaration’s principles include commitments to:

  • Protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people;
  • Promote a global Internet that advances the free flow of information;
  • Advance inclusive and affordable connectivity so that all people can benefit from the digital economy;
  • Promote trust in the global digital ecosystem, including through protection of privacy; and
  • Protect and strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to governance that keeps the Internet running for the benefit of all.