MOSCOW, June 19 (RIA Novosti) – There is a pressing need for an international agency like the United Nations to regulate the Internet, a Russian lawmaker in charge of cyberspace issues said Wednesday.
After World War II, all countries decided to establish the United Nations, which regulates international issues, and a similar organization is needed today to regulate the Internet, said Ruslan Gattarov, head of the Information Society Development Commission at the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament.
“So that everyone, not only the US, has access to the master switch,” he said at a commission session focusing on the US intelligence services’ virtually unlimited access to the servers of such majors as Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft.
US intelligence officers based in Britain allegedly spied on then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the 2009 G20 summit in London when he met with US President Barack Obama for the first time. A report detailing the secret communications intercepted from Medvedev and the Russian delegation during the G20 gathering was published four months later by US surveillance organization the National Security Agency, or NSA, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported Sunday, citing a copy of the report.