Global cooperation needed to resolve internet governance dilemma, says Colombian minister

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Global cooperation is needed to establish norms on cybersecurity and internet governance, two of the topics being discussed this week at the Mobile World Congress, Colombian communications minister Diego Molano told BNamericas.

Molano participated in the Ministerial Program, which also included issues such as broadband access for all.

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"It is an issue of global cooperation, this is not an issue just for Colombia. It is important we work together. As regards internet governance, who governs the internet, who defines the rules, who regulates it?" Molano said.

The minister said that internet governance had to do with protecting the rights of children on the internet and consumers.

Colombia's communications and IT ministry is planning to propose a cyber security law in March and is receiving consulting services on the issue from Israel, South Korea and Spain.

Other participants from the public sector on the panels are Maximiliano Martinhão, secretary of telecommunications of Brazil and Jean-Marie Guillaume, director of Haiti's telecoms regulator.

From the private sector, América Móvil's (NYSE: AMX) CEO Daniel Hajj is also present, together with Telefónica's CEO of Latin America Santiago Fernández Valbuena, and its CEO of Learning Services.