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Internet Rulemaking Is Going to Get More Complicated


Vint Cerf, former ACM president and co-founder of the Internet Society.

A new report from the Internet Society warns of cybersecurity measures increasingly undermining personal rights and freedoms through censorship and other means if "multilateral" government policies continue.

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A new report from the Internet Society, a think tank co-founded by Google chief Internet evangelist and former ACM president Vint Cerf, who shared the 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award with Robert E. Kahn, sees a strong need for "multistakeholder" governmental/societal collaboration on a "consensus policy" for the Internet.

The report warns of cybersecurity measures increasingly undermining personal rights and freedoms through censorship and other means if "multilateral" government policies continue.

"Measures that may be intended to secure cyberspace will increasingly undermine personal rights and freedoms," the report predicts. "If current trends are any indication, more and more governments will restrict and control Internet use and access through censorship, network shutdowns, and other means."

The report notes the complex issues surrounding privacy and national security should drive governments to seek input from stakeholders outside government, while it also warns "weakening encryption technologies will create new vulnerabilities and cyberthreats."

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