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'Take lead in Internet governance for justice'

Bangalore, July 20, 2014, DHNS: 2:03 IST
Exhorting the need to break the hegemony of US-led model of Internet governance, Just Net Coalition (JNC), an international network of representatives from across the globe, has called for an Internet governance model that ensures human rights and social justice.

Observing that US model resulted in mass surveillance, leading to violation of people’s rights, besides concentration of economic power in the hands of few US-based global corporations, IT for Change Executive Director Parminder Jeet Singh averred India was in a good position to set up efficient Internet governance, since it was not an authoritarian nation.

Stating that efficiency depended on how one woke up to the issue, he said, they would be meeting officials in Delhi, to take the programme forward with the government’s support.

In this regard, stressing the need for tough legislative framework for Internet governance among BRICS countries, JNC noted that BRICS, as a bloc, represented about 40 per cent of world’s population and almost 30 per cent of world’s GDP in Purchasing Power Parity.

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BRICS is uniquely placed to lead in the development of new Internet platforms, it added.

Among recommendations by JNC include MoU among BRICS science and technology and IT ministers for cooperation in science and technology, ensuring digital domain was subject to legitimate political authority, besides BRICS leadership promoting policies ensuring global sharing of knowledge and resisting large scale monopolies.

Knowledge Commons, Software Freedom Law Centre and Technology for the People are members of JNC representing India. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development, Thailand, CODE-IP Trust, Kenya and Action Aid, Global are among other members of the international coalition.

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