The proposal was presented at the Internet Governance Forum in Lithuania last week, and outlined 12 “principles of internet governance”, including a commitment from countries to sustain the technological foundations that underpin the web’s infrastructure.
The draft law has been likened to the Space Treaty, signed in 1967, which stated that space exploration should be carried out for the benefit of all nations, and guaranteed “free access to all areas of celestial bodies”.
Under the proposed terms of the law, there would be cross-border co-operation between countries to identify and address security vulnerability and protect the network from possible cyber attacks or cyber terrorism.
It would also uphold rights to freedom of expression and association, and the principle of net neutrality, in which all internet traffic is treated equally across the network.
2:47 pm on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
Its about time!
3:32 pm on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
6:10 pm on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
...protect the network from possible cyber attacks or cyber terrorism.
It would also uphold rights to freedom of expression and association...
Meaningless empty words. Mere rhetoric.
6:22 pm on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
Yep. Like Ke$ha says, blah blah blah.
There is no 'right' to freedom of expression. And if there was, there's certainly no good definition of it. In addition, isn't freedom of association a relatively American thing? I don't think the rest of the world sees freedom of association as some fundamental right that needs stating.
12:00 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
and the principle of net neutrality, in which all internet traffic is treated equally across the network.
Does this mean Google has to backtrack on "personalization" -- feeding us what it "thinks" we want to see, or was Google Instant a precursor to this -- spreading the Internet traffic equally to all?
12:06 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm all for "nobody owns it, but everyone does" agreements. No one country/entity/group/person/search engine should EVER be in control of major decisions on everyone elses behalf ESPECIALLY if that group is listed on Wall St. The Google/Verizon proposal is proof of that.
3:13 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
Leave it alone. It's not broke. They're just putting makeup on net neutrality. I say we freak out the socialists behind this and start talking about making the Internet a world-wide tax free zone.
10:21 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
@wheel freedom of association is part of the UDHR article 20
3:19 pm on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
@Maurice The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris directly from the experience of the Second World War.
Article 5 No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 6 Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
Article 7 All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Article 8 Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Article 9 No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Article 10 Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Article 11 Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Article 12 No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. . . . It's time for amendment.