Summary

H.Con.Res. 114: Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should preserve, enhance, and increase access to an open, global Internet. Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Mar 26, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should preserve, enhance, and increase access to an open, global Internet.

Whereas in a September 12, 2011, letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Permanent Representatives of China, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to the United Nations wrote of their intention to offer a General Assembly resolution calling for an international code of conduct for information security; Whereas this proposed code seeks to establish international legal justification for exclusive government control over Internet resources and rejects the current multi-stakeholder model that has enabled the Internet to flourish, where the private sector, civil society, academia, and individual users played an important role in charting its direction; Whereas countries have obligations to protect human rights, which apply to activity online as well as offline; Whereas the ability to innovate, develop technical capacity, grasp economic opportunities, and promote freedom of expression online is best realized in cooperation with all stakeholders; Whereas the proposed code represents a threat to the free flow of information on the Internet and would diminish the universal right to freedom of expression in favor of government control over content in order to preserve political stability, contrary to international law; Whereas the position of the United States Government is and has been to advocate for the free flow of information, Internet freedom, and multi- stakeholder governance internationally; and Whereas the White House's May 2011 International Strategy for Cyberspace makes an open, global Internet a clear policy...

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