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Internet summit Dilma Rousseff

April 23, 2014 - BRAZIL

President Dilma Rousseff, outraged at espionage revelations leaked by former United States National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden in 2013, has called a global summit on Internet governance for 23-25 Apr 2014 in Sao Paulo.

In the meantime, the summit of what was envisaged as a gathering of equally outraged leaders appears to have metamorphosed into a meeting of stakeholders. The title, The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, will address practical aspects of governance.

The meeting brings together representatives of government, industry, civil society and academia, and the US-based ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) appears to be a key player. The Snowden leaks revealed that the NSA has monitored Brazilian communications, including Rousseff's, and that Brazil was only one of many nations subjected to US snooping. The agenda doesn't appear to include the measures Rousseff announced earlier to thwart US snooping, but might pick up on a joint-European Union-Brazilian plan for an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's communications reliance on the United States.

Brazil to host Internet governance summit next year (AFP 10 Oct 2013)

US surveillance a 'breach of international law' (Guardian 24 Sep 2013)

Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

Brazil, Europe plan undersea cable to skirt U.S. spying (Reuters 23 Feb 2014)

Date written/update: 2014-03-10