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On April 28, the United States and 60 other partner nations signed the “Declaration on the Future of the Internet,” affirming their commitment to develop and promote a global Internet regime that “creates a single interconnected communications system for all of humanity” in the face of a proliferation of “state-sponsored or condoned malicious acts,” namely the growing digital authoritarianism of the Chinese Communist Party.
The signing of the “Declaration on the Future of the Internet” is a commitment to make such commitments for the first time to protect human rights, promote the free flow of information, protect the privacy of users, and set the rules for the growing global digital economy, while taking steps to counter the “dangerous new paradigm” of Internet policies from countries such as Russia and the Chinese Communist Party.
This declaration represents a political commitment among the declaration partners to advance a positive vision of the Internet and digital technologies, the document states.” It reaffirms the commitment of the Internet in the face of the global opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. It also reaffirms and recommits its partners to a single global Internet – one that is truly open and promotes competition, privacy, and respect for human rights.
At the same time, millions of people continue to face barriers to access, and cybersecurity risks and threats undermine the trust and reliability of the Web. The declaration aims to protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people in the world, promote the global Internet and facilitate the free flow of information. It also promotes inclusive and affordable connectivity so that all people can benefit from the digital economy, and fosters trust in the global digital ecosystem, including the protection of privacy.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that today, for the first time, like-minded countries from around the world have come up with a common vision for the future of the Internet to ensure that the values we uphold offline are also protected online, to make the Internet a safe place and trusted space for everyone, and to ensure that it serves our individual freedoms.
U.S. officials say the world is witnessing a global trend of rising digital authoritarianism, with countries such as Russia and the Chinese Communist Party already suppressing free speech online, censoring independent news sites, interfering in elections, promoting disinformation, and denying their citizens other human rights.
Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said the world is being divided into different “techno spheres” as authoritarian states such as the Chinese Communist Party and Russia develop their own technologies and standards that are technologically and ideologically incompatible with those of democratic states.
These comments were accompanied by a report that found that the Communist regime is actively “seeking to draw in non-aligned countries around the globe to align themselves with the Technosphere” as the world’s dependency for its development of authoritarianism. To combat this, the new declaration aims to protect human rights, promote a single global Internet, foster trust, and inclusiveness, and protect a multi-stakeholder approach to Internet development.
The document also mentions that over the past year, the United States has worked with partners from around the world – including civil society, industry, academia, and other stakeholders – to reaffirm the vision of an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet and to reverse negative trends in this regard.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russia has launched cyber-attacks, including a breach of a satellite Internet provider’s network at the beginning of the invasion.
We are not trying to solve cyber warfare, government officials said. The aim is to convene a coalition of democratic nations around a vision of an open and free web. Countries joining the U.S. include European Union members, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine, among others, that pursue universal values and respect human rights.
Edited by：Rebecca (一切心皆不可得！)