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The State Department is expected to finally name a lead negotiator next month for high level international talks with the U.N. in December that would decide the fate of the Internet, a senior U.S. official told Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio last week.
The nomination would come nearly a year after then-Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin announced in June 2011 that he and his allies sought to establish international control over the Internet. At the time, Putin had “reaffirmed” Russia’s support of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) — a little-known U.N. agency responsible for the international regulation of long-distance calls and satellite orbits — as his preferred instrument to bring about international cooperation on cybersecurity and Internet issues. Russia is a co-founder of the ITU, dating back to 1866.
Following Putin’s announcement, Russia, and several of its authoritarian allies – China, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – submitted a document entitled “The International Code of Conduct for Information Security” to the U.N. in September 2011. The document was hailed by the Chinese government as “the first relatively comprehensive and systematic document in the world … to formulate international rules to standardize information and cyberspace behavior.”
Rubio, no stranger to the fight for Internet freedom, denounced federal regulation of Internet service providers by way of the FCC’s net neutrality regulations during the November 2011 Senate showdown and withdrew his support for the Protect IP Act (PIPA), the Senate’s version of the much-despised Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and called upon Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reconsider bringing the bill to the Senate floor, when thousands of websites — including Wikipedia and Google — protested the legislation in January.
“Any place that bans certain terms from search should not be a leader in international Internet regulatory framework,” said Rubio, referencing China’s practice of censoring certain keywords in search engines.
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