Monday, 28 September 2015

3 Issues related to Internet Governance | 66A, Net Neutrality and Encryption Policy

  1. 66 A
  2. Net neutrality
  3. Encryption policy
    1. Encryption, a process in which digital messages are scrambled so they can’t be accessed by anyone other than those they are meant for, is a means to ensure freedom of expression and to keep information secure in the digital world. The aliases one uses in the social media environment can be a fun way to keep casual users from identifying you. But that isn’t enough. The digital world also comprises criminals and terrorists, and repressive regimes. Some of them would not only want to know who you are and hack into your information and messages but also have the means to do so. Encryption keeps intruders at bay. So, on Monday when the draft was released, experts and netizens could quickly figure out that the provisions had the real potential to undermine encryption. 
    2. a public safety vs privacy issue
    3. Examples of other countries objecting
      1. FBI Director James Comey even complained to U.S. lawmakers recently: “We cannot break strong encryption.” 
      2. British Prime Minister David Cameron has already created a stir by calling for a ban on strong encryption.
    4. Problem - David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, wrote in a report in May: “It is a seemingly universal position among technologists that there is no special access that can be made available only to government authorities, even ones that, in principle, have the public interest in mind.”

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