• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Calls for an End to U.S. Dictatorship over the Internet

The administration of the internet must be made more democratic. This is the Brazilian proposal that will be presented in Geneva by José Alexandre Bicalho, advisor to the Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel).

Bicalho, who is a member of the Internet Management Committee of Brazil and represents Brazil on the United Nations (UN) Work Group on Internet Governance, recalled that this function is exercised at present by the United States, through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), based in California.

The Brazilian position will be presented by Bicalho at next week’s meeting of the UN Work Group on Internet Governance in Geneva. He believes that Brazil’s position will appear “at least, as one of the options for the governance model” to be proposed by the group in its final report.

The structure of the ICANN is being questioned, because some governments think that it does not suit the demands of the decision-making process.

That is, the ICANN’s existing mechanisms for governmental and civil society participation are inadequate, Bicalho said. What is being debated is the definition of an appropriate forum in which to conduct this discussion.

“Even if this forum turns out to be an internationalized version of the ICANN itself, modified and adapted to meet the demands that are being identified within the scope of the UN Work Group on Internet Governance,” he explained.

The Brazilian representative informed that there are problems with the connection between the ICANN and the United States Department of Commerce.

It is naturally very difficult for the totality of countries to recognize as legitimate an organization that has very close ties to a single government.

“It is a very complicated situation, but, theoretically, the tendency is for it to end in 2006, with the expiration of the memorandum of understanding between the United States and the ICANN,” Bicalho said.

“This could facilitate an internationalization of the organization and make it more acceptable to the majority of countries,” he added.

Bicalho explained, however, that there is a growing awareness that the ICANN limits itself at present to taking care of some specific Internet Governance issues, which suggests that there should be mechanisms to deal with other questions, such as spam (messages sent without the recipient’s control) and security, for example, for which no global mechanism exists where countries can sit down and discuss these matters.

Agência Brasil


  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

Brazil Says No to Iran Invitation to Join OPEC

The Brazilian government has turned down a formal invitation by Iran for Brazil to ...

The Brazilian Bloody War Against US Monsanto and Swiss Syngenta

On March 7 – International Women’s Day – dozens of Brazilian women occupied a ...

Brazil’s Mining Giant Vale Investing US$ 59 Billion in Next Four Years

Brazilian mining company Vale do Rio Doce is going to invest heavily in increasing ...

Brazil Consolidates Leadership in Argentina Oil Investing US$ 2 Bi

Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras's Argentine unit Petrobras EnergÀ­a SA "plans to invest more ...

Brazil Invited to Middle East Peace Conference in Washington

The President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, in New York for the opening of the ...

90% of All Exported Brazilian Honey Goes to the US

Exports of honey attained a new record high in the month of May, in ...

Unable to Stop Amazon Hydroelectric Plant in Brazil Courts Activists Appeal to the UN

One hundred organizations, representing 40 communities in 11 municipalities in the state of Pará, ...

Brazil to Launch Campaign to Curb Violence Against Women

Brazil’s federal government plans to develop an awareness campaign on violence against elderly women. ...

Brazil Stretches Its Sea Sovereignty While Petrobras Offers US$ 64 Billion in Stock

As it seeks to increase control over its natural resources Brazil has just expanded ...

Brazilian Data Provider CTBC Adopts CSG’s Solutions

Global billing and customer care solutions provider CSG Systems announced that CTBC, a leading ...