Basic elements of the official position of the Russian Federation on the outcomes of the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance
The Russian Federation took an active part in the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NETmundial, Sao Paulo, April 23-24, 2014) and expresses its concern over biased and non-transparent approach to organizing and conducting the said event.
We are compelled to state that the Global Multistakeholder Meeting did not achieve the goals it was convened for. The issues of protecting the human right to privacy from surveillance of telephonic communications and electronic espionage by special agencies of certain countries stayed beyond the framework of the adopted documents, namely the Internet Governance Principles and the Roadmap for the future evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem. On the contrary, the said documents actually endorse the right of special agencies of the countries, where the major Internet traffic exchange hubs are located, to undertake unaccountable collection of personal data of the citizens of the whole world. Such unbalanced results of NETmundial will facilitate digital inequality between developed and developing countries as well as dilution of the state sovereignty principle.
Ignoring and underestimating the role of the UN, the ITU and other relevant intergovernmental organizations in the final documents of the Global Multistakeholder Meeting causes concern. The position towards the UN goes against the General Assembly Resolution 68/167 “The right to privacy in the digital age” of December 18, 2013, introduced by Brazil and Germany as a concerted response of the global community to mass scale violations of human rights in the form of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance of communications, their interception and the collection of personal data. The recommendations of the said Resolution to UN Member States on reviewing their procedures, practices and legislation in this area are not taken into account.
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 ignored comments and suggestions of majority of states and NGOs.
We proceed from the understanding that the final documents of the Global Multistakeholder Meeting cannot be used in future as internationally approved documents. Any references to them by relevant international organizations we deem improper.