THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF THE OFFICIAL POSITION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON THE OUTCOMES OF THE GLOBAL MULTISTAKEHOLDER MEETING ON THE FUTURE OF INTERNET GOVERNANCE (NETmundial, Sau Paulo, 23-24 April 2014)
The Russian Federation took an active part in the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NETmundial, Sau Paulo, April 23-24, 2014) and expresses its concern with the politically biased and non-transparent approach to the way this event was arranged and held.
We have to state that the NETmundial didn’t achieve the goals it had been convened for. The issues of protecting human right on privacy fr om “wiretapping” and electronic espionage by special agencies of certain countries didn’t find the place in the documents adopted by the Global Meeting: the Internet Governance Principles and the Roadmap for the Future Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem. On the contrary, those documents affirm in fact the right of the special agencies of the countries wh ere the main Internet exchange hubs are located to undertake uncontrolled collection of the information about the citizens of the whole world. It seems that such unbalanced outcomes of the NETmundial will contribute to the digital inequality between the developed and developing countries as well as the dilution of the principle of the state sovereignty.
Ignoring and underestimating of the role of the UN, the UTI and other relevant intergovernmental organizations in the final documents is yet another cause for concern. The position towards the UN goes against the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/167 “The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age” of December 18, 2013, introduced by Brazil and Germany as a coordinated response of the international community to mass violations of the human rights in the form of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance of communications, their interception and personal data gathering. The recommendations of the said Resolution for the UN Member-States to work out new principles and standards in this sphere were not taken into consideration.
The Russian Federation proceeds from a non-binding character of the Internet Governance Principles and the Roadmap for the future evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem which were adopted with a breach of procedural requirements (without consensus) and practically ignored the comments of the majority of the states and non-governmental organizations.
We proceed from the understanding that the NETmundial final documents cannot be regarded in future as internationally approved documents. And any references to them by relevant international organizations we deem inappropriate.