Country backs open and free Internet, officials say

Costa Rican diplomats told an international forum that the country continues to support a free and open Internet.

The foreign ministry said that the outline of philosophy came at a meeting in Brazil considering the future of the governance of the Internet. The session ends today.

Some 800 persons from 85 countries are at the meeting that was called by Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president, who was irked at reports that she was spied upon by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Costa Rica is represented by Hazel Díaz, of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, said the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.

Costa Rica since 2012 is a member of the  Freedom Online Coalition, the foreign ministry noted.

News reports from Brazil say that some at the forum are seeking to put the control of the Internet in the hands of the United Nations. Others oppose injecting politics into the system and fear that this would be disruptive.

Ms. Rousseff was outraged after documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden showed the National Security Agency spied on ordinary Brazilians, the country’s biggest company Petrobras and even her own communications.

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