• Kerry: Internet Needs Stronger Regulation to ‘Flourish and Work Properly’

    Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet needs heavier regulations to “be able to flourish and work properly during a speech on cyber security and international cooperation in South Korea on Monday.”

    The Internet could not reach its potential without strict government regulation, Kerry insisted, which is necessary for a “technology founded on freedom.”

    Touting the Obama administration’s new policy on the Internet, he claimed that government could better respond to threats of cyber attacks with the additional regulation.

    Kerry outlined and “five principles” were that he thinks are “universal concepts” necessary to protect the world’s Internet.

    First, no country should conduct or knowingly support online activity that intentionally damages or impedes the use of another country’s critical infrastructure. Second, no country should seek either to prevent emergency teams from responding to a cyber security incident, or allow its own teams to cause harm. Third, no country should conduct or support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, trade secrets, or other confidential business information for commercial gain. Fourth, every country should mitigate malicious cyber activity emanating from its soil, and they should do so in a transparent, accountable and cooperative way. And fifth, every country should do what it can to help states that are victimized by a cyber attack. Kerry said that even with the adaptation of the principles, government would still need even more regulation of the internet.

    There would still be more work to do to “develop a truly reliable framework—based on international law—that will effectively deter violations and minimize the danger of conflict,” he said.

    He also claimed that the world had to come together to regulate commerce on the Internet to stop “organized crime in cyberspace.”

    “As we know, malicious governments are only part of the cyber security problem,” Kerry concluded.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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