US pilots new global internet command to counter Chinese digital authoritarianism

The United States and 60 other partner nations signed a political declaration affirming their commitment to developing and promoting a single global internet regime in the face of China’s growing digital authoritarianism. The “Declaration for the Future of the Internet” was signed on April 28 and is designed to defend “a single interconnected communication system for all humanity” in the context of “malicious behavior sponsored or condoned by the state”. .

The pledge called the “Declaration for the Future of the Internet” – the first effort of its kind – protects human rights, promotes the free flow of information, protects user privacy and establishes rules for a growing global digital economy. among steps to counter what two Biden administration officials called a “dangerous new model” of internet policy in countries like Russia and China. “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 promise of the Internet in the face of the global opportunities and challenges presented by the 21st century. It also reaffirms and commits its partners to a single global Internet – an Internet that is truly open and promotes competition, privacy and respect of human rights,” the document adds. It continued: “At the same time, millions of people still face barriers to access, and cybersecurity risks and threats undermine the trust and reliability of networks.” The declaration aims to protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all and to promote a global Internet that promotes the free flow of information.

It also advances inclusive and affordable connectivity so that all can benefit from the digital economy and promote trust in the global digital ecosystem, including through privacy protection. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said: “Today, for the first time, like-minded countries around the world are defining a common vision for the future of the Internet, to ensure that the values ​​we stand for true offline are also protected online, to make the internet a safe place and a space of trust for all, and to ensure that the internet serves our individual freedom.”

The world is witnessing a global trend of rising digital authoritarianism, with countries like Russia and China acting to suppress free speech, censor independent news sites, interfere with elections, promote misinformation and depriving their citizens of other human rights, US officials said. . The push for a single global internet comes just weeks after former director of national intelligence Dennis Blair said the world was divided into different “technospheres”, with authoritarian nations such as China and Russia developing their own technologies and standards that were both technically and ideologically. incompatible with those of democratic nations.

These comments were accompanied by a report that revealed that the Chinese communist regime was “actively seeking to co-opt non-aligned nations around the world into alignment with its technosphere” and developing authoritarian dependencies for itself across the globe. To combat this, the new declaration aims to protect human rights, promote a single global Internet, promote trust and inclusiveness, and protect a multi-stakeholder approach to Internet development.

“Over the past year, the United States has worked with partners around the world – including civil society, industry, academia, and other stakeholders to reaffirm the vision of an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure and reverse negative trends in this regard,” reads the document. Since invading Ukraine, Russia has launched cyberattacks, including hacking the network of a satellite internet provider at the start of the invasion Administration officials said the new effort is not an attempt to fight cyber warfare.

The statement is a modified version of last year’s White House efforts to rally a coalition of democracies around a vision of an open and free web. Countries joining the United States include EU members Australia, Argentina, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom and Ukraine. (ANI)

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