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TOPIC: BRICS challenge US Internet control to thwart NSA surveillance

BRICS challenge US Internet control to thwart NSA surveillance 24 Oct 2015 11:00 #1

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Snowden leaks reveal harmfulness of US monopoly on internet – Russian minister

Published time: 23 Oct, 2015 20:02


Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation

The NSA’s mass surveillance would not be possible if the internet wasn’t controlled by just a few major US companies, Nikolay Nikiforov, Russia’s communications minister, told RT after the first BRICS ministerial meeting on the de-monopolization of IT.

“Snowden’s disclosures showed exactly the harmfulness of the monopoly because it would not be possible if the world IT sector should be structured in a more balanced way,”Nikiforov said, adding that, as things stand, US security agencies have the power to just “come to several companies and to force them… to actually provide absolutely illegal access to hundreds of millions records of private data of users globally.”

In 2013, whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked thousands of documents revealing the US National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, proving that Google, Facebook and other US tech giants have been passing information to the spy agency.

Russia’s Communications and Mass Media minister stressed that, in purely economic terms, the monopoly is also harmful for BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the international community as a whole.

“The monopolist could dictate you the certain price level… each country in the world is actually sending out billions of dollars outside its national economies as the license fees… for key technologies,” he explained.

www.rt.com/news/319522-snowden-leaks-us-monopoly/
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BRICS challenge US Internet control to thwart NSA surveillance 27 Oct 2015 17:37 #2

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Every country carries out surveillance against its own people, whether by Humint gathering techniques or electronic means. Russia, China, and every country have there own Elint programmes

As if the US has a monopoly over this ffs :facepalm:
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BRICS challenge US Internet control to thwart NSA surveillance 30 Oct 2015 12:42 #3

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US monopoly on internet may end in 3 to 7 years – Russian communications minister

Published time: 24 Oct, 2015 01:05


(R) Russian Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications Nikolay Nikiforov © Vitaliy Belousov / RIA Novosti

It won’t be easy, but a joint effort by BRICS nations may see the US monopoly on the internet coming to an end in the next 3 to 7 years, Nikolay Nikiforov, Russia’s communications minister, told RT after the block’s first ministerial meeting in Moscow.

RT:This was the first meeting of its kind. What key issues were you able to tackle this time?

Nikolay Nikiforov: I fully agree. This is quite unique just because the BRICS platform was used by many, many industries – agriculture, health care, finance ministers; they had their own meeting – but, you know, never ever ICT ministers – those who are responsible for communications, for implementing IT, well, managing internet infrastructure – they never ever met. So this is a historic event. It happened for the first time. That was the proposal of the Russian Federation and was supported by the heads of state, our leaders at the summit in Ufa.

So now we had our meeting. First, we had some kind of an IT forum: ministers from BRICS countries, they came not alone, not only with formal delegations. They also brought with them their leading IT companies. The Russian Federation also showed those solutions – those outstanding, outperforming companies that we have here in Russia. We showed Yandex; we showed our Russian microprocessors – many, many other solutions that we do have here today.

But for every small company, every national leader, it’s still impossible to fight for the global market. And the key issue here is monopolization. And we really require some kind of diversification of the IT solutions that we have today. That’s why we need joint efforts by all BRICS nations, because we represent just about half of the population of the planet and we realize that every citizen will be finally connected online with this or that smartphone or tablet. That’s why it’s potentially half of the world global market of these devices and software ecosystem. 
www.rt.com/politics/official-word/319553-brics-internet-us-monopoly/
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