FACT SHEET: United States and 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet
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, providing economic opportunity for billions of people. Yet it has also created serious political challenges. Globally, we are witnessing a trend of rising digital authoritarianism where some states act to suppress freedom of expression, censor independent news sites, interfere with elections, promote disinformation and deprive their citizens of other human rights. At the same time, millions of people still face barriers to access, and cybersecurity risks and threats undermine network trust and reliability.
Democratic governments and other partners are rising to the challenge. Today, the United States and 60 partners around the world launched the Declaration for the Future of the Internet. Those who endorsed the Declaration are 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, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Uruguay.
This Declaration represents a political commitment among the Declaration partners to advance a positive vision of the Internet and digital technologies. It claims the promise of the Internet in the face of the global opportunities and challenges presented by the 21st century. It also reaffirms and commits its partners to a single global Internet – an Internet that is truly open and promotes competition, privacy and respect for human rights. The principles of the Declaration include commitments to:
• Protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons;
• Promote a global Internet that promotes the free flow of information;
• Advance inclusive and affordable connectivity so that all can benefit from the digital economy;
• Promote trust in the global digital ecosystem, including through the protection of privacy; and
• Protect and strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to governance that allows the Internet to work for the benefit of all.
By signing this declaration, the United States and its partners will work together to promote this vision and its principles globally, while respecting the regulatory autonomy of everyone within our own jurisdictions and consistent with our respective national laws and our international legal obligations.
Over the past year, the United States has worked with partners around the world – including civil society, industry, academia, and other stakeholders to reaffirm the vision of an open Internet, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure and inverted. negative trends in this regard. According to this vision, people everywhere will benefit from a unified and unfragmented Internet; facilitates global communications and commerce; and supports freedom, innovation, education and trust.