Press Review April 23rd 2014

“Net Mundial” in São Paulo – The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance is about to commence today. The meeting between representatives of civil society, private sector, academia and technical community will focus on the elaboration of principles of Internet governance, that is answers to questions on who shall control and regulate the internet and how with what objectives are sought. The conference takes place in the light of the United States planned handing over of the administration of domains via ICANN and revelations by Edward Snowden on global spying attempts by several government.

President of the European Council and former Prime Minister of Belgium, Herman Van Rompuy, caused something of a stir with an interview given to the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung in which he expresses his dislike of “leading candidates” in the European elections and questioned the power of the European Parliament. “Of course the Parliament plays an important role since the most recent EU treaty changes but citizens are very aware of the difference between the Parliament and those that really decide [italics ours].” Hannes Swoboda, leading MEP in the Group of Socialists & Democrats, said on his twitter account: “Clearly he doesn’t understand democratic process of #EP2014 nominations!”

As the most senior administration official so far since the beginning of the crisis two month ago, Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, visited Ukraine as a sign of support yesterday. Biden met with Ukraine’s political leadership, civil society groups and U.S. diplomats over two days as reported by the Washington Post. The visit takes place while a solution to the crisis is far from secure.

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