2017-07-07

G20 Summit, July 7-8: A Push For More Restrictions on Internet Freedom?

G20 countries shown in orange
The G20 Summit meets July 7-8, 2017, at Hamburg, Germany. U.S. President Donald Trump will be attending and will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time. The G20 countries account for more than four-fifths of gross world product and three-quarters of global trade, and are home to almost two-thirds of the world’s population.

UPDATE July 8, 2017:
Kirton: A Strong Security Success at the Hamburg Summit | g20.utoronto.ca: ".... the G20's status as the club at the hub of a global governance network remained strong and helped propel the progress that came. Donald Trump participated in all the summit sessions, including the start of the one on climate change. The opening leaders-only retreat led to the planned advances on terrorism and the more spontaneous ones on North Korea. And all agreed to meet again in Argentina in 2018, Japan in 2019, and Saudi Arabia in 2020."
Are protests enough to bring down the G20? | AlJazeera.com: "... there is a good reason to think this summer's G20 summit will be the most important international political event of the year ... after the terrorist attacks in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for global internet regulations and Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emanuel Macron soon followed her lead. The three "leaders of the free world", or also known as MMM [May, Merkel, Macron] obviously want to use the G20 to push for more restrictions on internet freedom" (emphasis added).

G20germany | g20.org: "Germany assumed the G20 Presidency on 1 December 2016. The G20 is the central forum for international cooperation on financial and economic issues ... results of the discussions are recorded in a Leaders’ Communiqué, which has considerable political force. At their annual summits, which have been held since 2008, the G20 heads of state and government traditionally focus on issues relating to global economic growth, international trade and financial market regulation. The G20 finance ministers and central bank governors began meeting regularly in 1999. Other issues of global significance are often closely linked with economic questions. Examples include climate change, development policy, labour market and employment policy, the spread of digital technology and, topically, counter-terrorism. The range of issues now considered by the G20 thus makes for a broad agenda ..."

Expect a lot of media misinformation a/k/a "Fake News" and false narratives:
LIVE G20 Coverage Online:
See also:
UPDATEHamburg G20 Leaders' Statement on Countering Terrorism: "... Countering radicalization conducive to terrorism and the use of internet for terrorist purposes ... 20. We will work with the private sector, in particular communication service providers and administrators of relevant applications, to fight exploitation of the internet and social media for terrorist purposes such as propaganda, funding and planning of terrorist acts, inciting terrorism, radicalizing and recruiting to commit acts of terrorism, while fully respecting human rights. Appropriate filtering, detecting and removing of content that incites terrorist acts is crucial in this respect. We encourage industry to continue investing in technology and human capital to aid in the detection as well as swift and permanent removal of terrorist content. In line with the expectations of our peoples we also encourage collaboration with industry to provide lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information where access is necessary for the protection of national security against terrorist threats. We affirm that the rule of law applies online as well as it does offline ..."


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