CanalTech (Google Translation):
São Paulo received this week the event # ArenaNETmundial ParticipaBR, which was the scene of discussions about a free, collaborative, democratic and plural internet. On Thursday (24), a central theme was the “digital sovereignty and surveillance in the Internet age.”
Experts in defense for privacy and digital security participated in the panel, which was a kind of “side B” NETMundial, an event that brings together city representatives in more than 90 countries to discuss Internet governance.
Among the panelists were Jacob Appelbaum, one of the leading names behind the Tor Anonymity Network, Roy Singham, ThoughtWorks, Natália Viana, Brazil responsible for WikiLeaks and even Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks itself.
The basis of the discussion was the case of former analyst at the National Security Agency of the United States (NSA), Edward Snowden, which revealed a number of confidential documents that point to an indiscriminate surveillance by the U.S. government.
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During the conversation, the sociologist and digital activist Sergio Amadeu strongly defended the use of encrypted communication for personal communication as a form of protection – and also as a way to “break even for the NSA.” That’s because, according to Roy Singham, NSA spends $ 0.13 to spy on every citizen of the world. Therefore, the more we generate encryption, will be more difficult and expensive this task.
Roy also took the opportunity to make an appeal to the hacker community in Brazil, saying that ordinary citizens need your help to make the encryption more popular something, after all not everyone knows how to handle it. The creation of more “soft” systems help in the dissemination of these techniques and increase the security of your information.
“Who else invades the machines people are not hackers or crackers, are large corporations,” Sergio said. The teacher went on to say that we need to put our privacy above the interests of these corporations. “The frontier of cyber warfare is our computer. People should exorcise their Windows machines,” concluded Sergio.
NETMundial and Marco Civil
All participants welcomed the initiative of the Brazilian government to promote one of the biggest debates in the world of internet, even citing it as “a big step toward changing guidelines of Internet governance.”
Roy went on to say that the Civil Marco Internet was one of the first laws to bring human rights into the digital area, and even without being perfect, it’s the first time someone raised a hand to say that the internet is for the people , and not to corporations.
The CEO of ThoughtWorks was also responsible for establishing a video conference with Julian Assange during the debate. Despite some technical problems during the connection, the creator of WikiLeaks, which is for exactly 1233 days in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, also spoke in favor of the Civil Marco, saying that it is something “commendable”.
Assange, wearing a shirt of Brazil during transmission, was keen to emphasize the importance we charged everything that says the document signed by President Dilma Rousseff, because just because something was approved does not necessarily mean that it will be fulfilled.
Jacob Appelbaum was firm in saying that the event was affected by censorship still exists in Brazil, and that shortly before taking the stage still believed that the panel could be canceled due to the strong opinions of participants – largely opposed to governments.
Assange shared the opinion of the creator of Tor, and said that the NETMundial was compromised by geopolitical pressure from the U.S. and its allies. “The U.S. has been colonialists in the Brazilian internet and recognize threat in this field,” he said. “Occupy the Internet is occupying society,” he added.
Natália Viana, Brazil responsible for WikiLeaks, pulled one of the issues that most stirred the audience during the panel: the position of Brazil where Assange and Snowden. For her, President Dilma should grant political asylum to former NSA analyst, primarily due to having been so offended by the discovery that was also a victim of American espionage.
She also stressed that the country is a strong candidate to mediate the impasse between Ecuador and the United Kingdom in the case of Assange, mainly due to the jurisdiction of the Foreign Ministry in solving international cases.
Finally, while your situation remained depressed, Julian Assange called everyone together to fight for a change in the current situation in which we live.
Today WikiLeaks released the penultimate draft agreement (“Outcome Document”) going into NETmundial 2014 – the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. NETmundial is an international conference of twelve nations and other internet stakeholders, to be hosted in São Paulo, Brazil, April 23-24, convened to lay down a roadmap for internet governance. It is co-hosted by the twelve goverments of Argentina, Brazil, France, Ghana, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States of America. The document was prepared by the NETmundial Executive Multistakeholder Committee (EMC) from the 180 NETmundial submissions and has been submitted to the High Level Multistakeholder Committee (HLMC) for final comment. The HLMC comprises ministerial level representation from the twelve co-hosting nations and is due to give its feedback tomorrow, on April 9.