Brazil to host meeting on internet oversight

Rio De Janeiro, Oct 10 (IANS) Brazil plans to host an international internet governance meet next April to develop a new model for internet governance, according to an official announcement.

Representatives of governments, civil society and industry will participate in the meeting, reports Xinhua.

The announcement came after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a Los Angeles based non-profit organisation, in Brasilia Wednesday.

Earlier, Rousseff called 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.

"The world listened to the Brazilian president's speech in September at the UN General Assembly. She spoke with deep conviction, courage and expressed frustration. People all over the world, feel that the trust we had in the internet was broken," Chehade said.

"We can gather in the meeting and develop a new model of governance, in which we are all equals," he added.

Rousseff has criticized US on several occasions for tapping worldwide digital communications, saying it was more akin to industrial espionage than to counter terrorism.

She also scrapped the US state visit last month after news reports said that the US National Security Agency (NSA) targeted Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras, based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


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