Reuters also reporting on ADM Rogers speaking at CyCon in Estonia earlier this week, this time the NSA chief urging “safe” internet under a set of Law of the Sea-like provisions:
The U.S. National Security Agency chief called on Wednesday for an “open, reliable and safe” Internet governed by international rules akin to the Law of the Sea, while deflecting critics who say NSA spying has undermined public trust in the cyberworld.
Admiral Michael Rogers spoke a few days after the U.S. Senate rejected a bill to extend spy agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, putting the program in doubt shortly before its expiry on June 1.
Addressing a cyberwarfare conference in Estonia, Rogers adopted the diplomatic language of a grassroots online governance activist, hailing the Internet’s openness and value as a shared, public good.
“I’d like to see if we can create something equivalent to the maritime world in the cyber world that enables us to keep moving information, keep moving commerce, keep moving ideas on a global basis,” Rogers told a largely military audience.
“Can we create a ‘global commons’, so to speak, that enables open, reliable, safe and resilient communications, a flow of information and ideas?” he said. “(This should be) in a framework that maximizes its use for all of us.”
He contrasted his view, which he said reflected U.S. government policy, to those of countries which argue that the Internet should be governed by the same rules of national control prevailing in sovereign states for centuries.
Perhaps he has learned from his predecessors that always speaking in doomsday rhetoric will lead to nothing good, it seems ADM Rogers is taking a more practical approach to his presentations and speeches on the internet and cyber security in general.
I like what I am hearing so far from the NSA Director but wonder if he will follow-through on all his promises. Perhaps we have another Obama on our hands?