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Brazil wants to catch the spies and will host global summit on Internet governance next April

Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 00:48 UTC
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Rousseff conferring in Brasilia with Fadi Chehade (L), chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Rousseff conferring in Brasilia with Fadi Chehade (L), chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Brazil, which has slammed massive US electronic spying on its territory, said on Wednesday it would host a global summit on Internet governance in April. President Dilma Rousseff made the announcement after conferring in Brasilia with Fadi Chehade, chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

“We have decided that Brazil will host in April 2014 an international summit of governments, industry, civil society and academia” to discuss Brazil's suggestions for upgrading Internet security, Rousseff said on Twitter. The summit will take place in Rio de Janeiro.

Chehade heaped praise on Rousseff for using her UN General Assembly speech last month to demand measures to thwart the massive US cyber spying operation revealed by US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

“She spoke for all of us on that day. She expressed the world's interest to actually find out how we are going to all live together in this new digital age,” said Chehade.

“The trust in the global Internet has been punctured and now it's time to restore this trust through leadership and institutions that can make that happen.”

Based in Los Angeles, ICANN is a non-profit, private organization that oversees certain Internet-related matters.

Rousseff scrapped a US state visit last month after documents leaked by Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence contractor, revealed the extent of Washington's spying on its Brazilian ally.

The daily Globo has revealed, based on documents leaked by Snowden, that the NSA snooped on Rousseff's communications with aides, on phone call and email data of millions of Brazilians as well as on state-run energy giant Petrobras.

Canada, a close US ally, also targeted Brazil's Mining and Energy Ministry for “economic and strategic motives,” according to Brasilia. “The United States and its allies must urgently end their spying activities once and for all,” Rousseff said on Monday.

Rousseff vowed to introduce a measure at the United Nations to establish an “international civilian framework” to protect the privacy of Internet users.

The 30-year-old Snowden, who has sought refuge in Russia, is wanted by the United States after revealing details of the NSA massive worldwide espionage activities.
 

Categories: Politics, Brazil, Latin America.

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  • Anglotino

    “The United States and its allies must urgently end their spying activities once and for all”

    How naive are some country's leaders? Brazil is the ONLY country in the world that doesn't spy? Me thinks you assume the rest if the world are as stupid as you Dilma.

    As for the UN taking over internet governance, I seem to remember those shining examples of freedom and honesty such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea wanting something similar. Wow they never spy on anyone....

    I for one do not wish for countries such as those to control the internet. By all means create your own, however don't be surprised if most of us prefer the current model and ignore your utopian controlled and sanitised version.

    Oct 10th, 2013 - 03:34 am 0
  • A_V0ice

    Dilma seems obsessed and frantic over this spying. One has to start thinking that she has some concerns of “some matter” becoming public.
    Poor Dilma.

    Oct 10th, 2013 - 09:22 am 0
  • Conqueror

    No, I think this is an excellent idea. And long overdue. I can see how numerous “patriotic” organisations, such as the Abu Nidal Organisation, al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Army of Islam, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Hammas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad Union, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and many, many more, would be “outraged” to find that their communications were being “tapped”. What is the world coming to?

    Always worth remembering that, while some of us here use the internet for such things as posting “comments”, searching for information and sending/receiving messages, others use it for less benign purposes.

    But let us get down to specifics. Brazil is “outraged”. So? Brazil is an enemy State. It supports argieland in its imperialist colonialist ambitions. Of course, none of these piddle-arse latam states will ever succeed in their aspirations. But it is necessary for an eye to be kept on them. Just so that we can stop them making a criminally, foolish mistake. Nothing so efficacious as a quiet word on the level of “We know what you're up to. Here are the details. And, by the way, here are the details of our planned ”exercise“ to reinforce our base”.

    Oct 10th, 2013 - 09:30 am 0
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