Q. With reference to the declaration for the Future of the Internet, consider the following statements::
1.The Declaration and its guiding principles are legally binding.
2.India, China and Russia are part of this declaration.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: D

Recently, the United States and 60 other partner countries signed a political declaration called the “Declaration for the Future of the Internet”. The declaration aims to operate Internet as a single, decentralised network of networks, where digital technologies are used in a trustworthy way, avoiding unfair discrimination between individuals and allowing for contestability of online platforms, and for fair competition among businesses.

  • Statement 1 is incorrect: The Declaration and its guiding principles are not legally binding. It should be used as a reference point for public policy makers, as well as citizens, businesses, and Civil Society Organisations.
  • Statement 2 is incorrect: India, China and Russia are among the large nations that are not part of this declaration. India also did not sign the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, 2001.

Source: Business Line