Brazil to host global meet on Internet oversight

Rio De Janeiro, Oct 10 (IANS) Brazil plans to host an international Internet governance meeting in April next year, with participation of representatives of governments, civil society and industry, the government announced Wednesday.

The announcement came after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met in capital Brasilia, Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a Los Angeles-based non-profit, private organization that oversees certain Internet-related matters, Xinhua reported.

Chehade hailed Brazil as spearheading changes in internet governance and oversight at a global level.

Rousseff called, during a speech at the UN General Assembly in September, for greater oversight of the internet following revelations that the US and its intelligence allies have been tapping digital communications worldwide as part of a global surveillance programme.

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