Here’s how Europe thinks the internet should be run

An interesting take. Read on.


How should the internet be run? Now that we know that the U.S. and its partners have largely co-opted the network of networks as a surveillance tool, the question of the internet’s governance is at the top of many people’s agendas. An international commission was launched in January to investigate the topic, and Brazil will convene a conference in April to do the same. There are other such gatherings on the horizon, too.

And now we know roughly what stance the European Union will take as these discussions ensue. On Wednesday European Commission digital chief Neelie Kroes unveiled a list of centrist proposals for, as she put it, “redrawing the global map of internet governance.”

“Europe must contribute to a credible way forward for global internet governance. Europe must play a strong role in defining what the net of the future looks like,” she said in a statement. “Our fundamental…

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