Brazil Seeks Independence From U.S.-Dominated Internet


Ah, a world wide web, it was a beautiful dream while it lasted. Talking Points Memo writes:

Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington’s widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.

President Dilma Rousseff ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the NSA intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company’s network and spied on Brazilians who entrusted their personal data to U.S. tech companies such as Facebook and Google.

While Brazil isn’t proposing to bar its citizens from U.S.-based Web services, it wants their data to be stored locally as the nation assumes greater control over Brazilians’ Internet use to protect them from NSA snooping.

In December, countries advocating greater “cyber-sovereignty” pushed for such control at an International Telecommunications Union meeting in Dubai, with Western democracies led by the United States and the European Union in opposition.

U.S. digital security expert Bruce Schneier says that while Brazil’s response is a rational reaction to NSA spying, it is likely to embolden “some of the worst countries out there to seek more control over their citizens’ Internet. That’s Russia, China, Iran and Syria.”

Brazil is now pushing more aggressively than any other nation to end U.S. commercial hegemony on the Internet. More than 80 percent of online search, for example, is controlled by U.S.-based companies.

Most of Brazil’s global Internet traffic passes through the United States, so Rousseff’s government plans to lay underwater fiber optic cable directly to Europe and also link to all South American nations to create what it hopes will be a network free of U.S. eavesdropping.

3 Comments on "Brazil Seeks Independence From U.S.-Dominated Internet"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Sep 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm |

    I love all the press the super snoops are getting for their super powers
    why don’t their obvious & egregious failures get the same amount?

    911? The Cole? The fall of the USSR? Iraq WMDz?
    the official stories paint the NSA as
    incompetent oafs asleep at the wheel

  2. sonicbphuct | Sep 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm |

    a global network built with minimal interference by governments.
    is this for real? the NSA reads 8 out of 10 packets sent on the internet (and i think we can say that 2 out of 10 might be trivial overhead), plays Man-in-the-Middle attacks, violates the trust of every certificate signer, attempts to sabotage crypto tech with bogus NIST standards, and that’s only minimal interference?! At the risk of being cavalier – all Swiss Banks are accessible over the internet, but the data can not leave Switzerland. Demanding that if someone wants to store data about you, they do it within your legal jurisdiction isn’t unreasonable and will not create ‘balkanization’. Clintons and NATO business interests create balkanization – actually. Framing a story is probably a billion times more important than the story.

    Independent carriers and exchanges?! Unthinkable that anyone might possibly escape the US’s maniacal attempt at total control. And best yet – how much would someone pay for an upstream link to a non-spyed upon connection? The good ‘ol marketplace givin’ Merikka what-for. Well, one can dream.

  3. rhetorics_killer | Sep 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm |

    The ‘control over their own citizen’ argument looks a bit like the ‘pedophile’ argument, used in order to justify censorship on the internet. This time western democracies advocate status quo on a design which has proved to be fatal to online worldwide privacy. The US-based internet structure is anyway an issue to be solved in order to achieve neutrality (or something not too far from ‘fair share’) on the network.

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