Brazil Internet Conference Ends Divided on Key Issues From the WSJ by Loretta Chao A two-day conference on Internet governance came to a close in Brazil with a crowd of representatives from governments, companies and interest groups still divided over key issues ranging from surveillance to network neutrality.

#NETmundial2014: Does the Web Need a Magna Carta? Advox members Marianne Diaz and Sarah Myers report live from the NETmundial global Internet governance meeting taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Civil society, corporate, and government representatives from around the world have gathered to debate the future of Internet governance in a post-Snowden world. This post is part of series of features on the event.

Wired Provides a brief summary of the NETMundial opening speeches by Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, Nnenna Nwakanma, and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. The focus of these speeches was the idea that governance of the Internet needs to take into account human rights, particularly the right to privacy. Establishing a pluralistic multistakeholderism approach to governance should prevent a singular governing force from taking advantage of the ability to monitor information.

The Daily Mail Leading in to the two-day NETMundial meeting, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff successfully drafted an ‘Internet Bill of Rights’. While this article focuses more on that bill than the NETMundial conference, it helps set the tone for the goals and aims of the conference and displays Brazil’s and President Rousseff’s desire to be a leading party in the movement to make Internet governance and its institutions more global.

Reuters Brazilian President Rousseff hopes to encourage the multistakeholder model of Internet governance and, to that end, finds the USA’s announcement to relax control of ICANN to be a step in the right direction. President Rousseff displayed her nation’s willingness to be a leader in the globalisation of Internet governance by opening the NETMundial conference with the signing of Brazil’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights.’ Some Internet giants such as Google and Facebook have concerns that the conference will result in more, not less, regulation despite their support for making Internet governance and its institutions more global.

The Washington Post One highlight of the NETMundial conference is the signing of President Rousseff’s Internet “Bill of Rights.” The signing of this law “promotes privacy by limiting the data that online companies can collect… deeming communications over the Internet ‘inviolable and secret.’” This helps strengthen Brazil’s intended position as a leader in the globalisation of Internet governance as the USA announces its intention to release control of ICANN.

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