The Internet has been revolutionary. It provides unprecedented opportunities for people around the world to connect and express themselves, and continues to transform the global economy, opening up economic opportunities for billions of people. Yet it also created major policy challenges. Around the world, we are seeing a growing trend of digital tyranny where some states step in to suppress freedom of expression, censor independent news sites, interfere in elections, promote misinformation, and deny their citizens other human rights. At the same time, millions of people still face access barriers and cyber security risks and threats undermine the reliability and trustworthiness of networks.
Democratic governments and other allies face the challenge. Today, the United States with 60 partners from around the world launched the Future of the Internet Declaration. Those supporting the Declaration include Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic , Estonia, European Commission, Finland, France. , Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger , North Macedonia, Palau, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Uruguay.
This Declaration represents a political commitment among the partners of the Declaration to promote a positive vision of the Internet and digital technologies. It also finds the promise of the Internet among the global opportunities and challenges presented by the 21st centurySt a century. It also guarantees and re-commits partners to a single global Internet – one that is truly open and promotes competition, privacy, and respect for human rights. The principles of the Declaration include a commitment to:
• Protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people;
• Developing a global Internet that promotes the free flow of information;
• Promote inclusive and affordable communications so that all people can benefit from the digital economy;
• Improving trust in the global digital ecosystem, including protecting privacy; again
• Protect and strengthen participatory governance that keeps the Internet working for the benefit of all.
In signing this Declaration, the United States and our partners will work together to promote this vision and its principles around the world, while respecting each other’s territorial autonomy and in compliance with our domestic laws and international legal obligations.
Over the past year, the United States has worked with partners from around the world – including civil society, industry, academia, and other stakeholders to ensure the vision of an open, free, global, interactive, reliable, and secure Internet and resilience. negative trends in this regard. Under this vision, people everywhere will benefit from a unified undivided Internet; facilitate global communication and trade; and supports freedom, innovation, education and trust.