On November 1st a global conference on Internet Freedom was organized in London.

“Britain and the United States strongly rejected calls from China and Russia for greater Internet controls. While Western states worry about intellectual property theft and hacking, authoritarian governments are alarmed at the role the Internet and social media played in the protests that swept the Arab world this year.”

This two days talk was attended by government officials, NGOS, tech firms and security experts as well as bloggers. Britain’s Foreing Secretary William Hague opened the conference he said “the social and economic benefits of the Internet were huge and warned that any states trying to block online activity would lose out.”

“We must aspire to a future for cyberspace which is not stifled by government control or censorship, but where innovation and competition flourish and investment and enterprise are rewarded.”

Hague warned “that human rights, particularly the right to privacy and freedom of expression, should carry full force online”.

Biden echoed Hague, saying that while the Internet presented opportunities for wrongdoing “on a vast scale” from terrorism to human trafficking, child pornography to attacks on government systems, they were no excuse for censorship.

“What citizens do online should not, as some have suggested, be decreed solely by groups of governments making decisions for them somewhere on high […] No citizen of any country should be subject to a repressive global code when they send an email or post a comment to a news article. They should not be prevented from sharing their innovations with global consumers simply because they live across a national frontier. That is not how the Internet should ever work in our view.” Joe Biden

“To impose such controls on the Internet, would stifle innovation. If countries wanted the economic benefits of connectivity, he they needed openness.” Biden

The West hopes to influence mainly China and Russia in the fight against hackers and to sign a “cyber treaty.”

“Around 60 countries, including China, Russia and India, were represented at the conference as well as tech industry figures such as Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, and senior executives from Facebook and Google.”

Check out the complete videos of the London Conference on Cyberspace