Summary

S.Con.Res. 50: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding actions to preserve and advance the multistakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived. Read More

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This concurrent resolution passed both chambers of Congress on Dec 5, 2012. That is the end of the legislative process for concurrent resolutions. They do not have the force of law.

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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress regarding actions to preserve and advance the multistakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived.

Whereas given the importance of the Internet to the global economy, it is essential that the Internet remain stable, secure, and free from government control; Whereas the world deserves the access to knowledge, services, commerce, and communication, the accompanying benefits to economic development, education, and health care, and the informed discussion that is the bedrock of democratic self-government that the Internet provides; Whereas the structure of Internet governance has profound implications for competition and trade, democratization, free expression, and access to information; Whereas countries have obligations to protect human rights, which are advanced by online activity as well as offline activity; 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 proposals have been put forward for consideration at the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications that would fundamentally alter the governance and operation of the Internet; Whereas the proposals, in international bodies such as the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, and the International Telecommunication Union, would attempt to justify increased government control over the Internet and would undermine the current multistakeholder model that has enabled the Internet to flourish and under which the private sector, civil society, academia, and individual users play an important role in charting its direction; Whereas the...

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Bill Summary

S.Con.Res. 50: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding actions to preserve and advance the multistakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived.

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