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International community looks for standardized internet policy

One of the foremost figures when it comes to international relations has called for a widespread set of standards for internet freedom throughout the world.

Global internet policy differs dramatically between countries. One need look no further that the framework of the United States, which certainly has its own problems, and that of China which employs the infamous "Great Firewall," to see that each nation has its issues that need addressing.

While some countries have leveled international pressure against others, these criticisms can seem contradictory when the government that levels this criticism also has its shortcomings.

Calls for international standards
The U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently called for an international set of standards when it comes to  cybersecurity and freedom over the Internet, according to the Global Post. He said this in a video address at the Seoul Conference on Cyberspace 2013, which began on October 17.

Thus far the international community has been widely unsuccessful in regulating cyberspace, which could be a major contributor to this disparity across the globe. The Internet has been instrumental in connecting people from all corners of the globe, however, the lack of standardized regulations has also contributed to these observed disparities.

The news source explains that the conference in the South Korean capitol could provide a positive forum for these discussions as it will be host to about 1,600 government and industry authorities, from over 85 countries.

International cyber freedom on the decline
This announcement comes as a recent report from Freedom House indicates Internet freedom is declining on a global scale. In fact, Sanja Kelly, who was the project for director for the report, explains that it has been on the decline for three years now in a opinion piece for CNN. 

She attributes this in a large part to the enhancement of surveillance programs across the world. Of the countries that were examined, 35 of the 60 upgraded their surveillance capabilities or passed legislation that would allow for more extensive monitoring.

Though such actions are certainly discerning, she notes that activists have also become more vocal when it comes to these issues. In fact, they have often become the target of these various programs.

Kelly concludes that the future of the Internet is likely to be set in the coming years. Perhaps by addressing some of the issues that Ban Ki-moon suggested, the world can work towards are more liberating cyber climate.

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