13 May 2010, 15:02

The World Wibe Web needs protection from cyber crime

The World Wibe Web needs protection from cyber crime

 Among foreign experts attending the conference there are experts from the US, who arrived in Moscow on 11 May to take part in consultations on the development of communication technologies. Russian and American experts are expected to discuss joint steps towards safer Internet.

 Among foreign experts attending the conference there are experts from the US, who arrived in Moscow on 11 May to take part in consultations on the development of communication technologies. Russian and American experts are expected to discuss joint steps towards safer Internet. Twenty years after the invention of the Internet, the sides have agreed on the need to work out a joint strategy to fight cyber crime. Apparently, now it is high time to boost cooperation in this field between the states, says Robert Schlegel, a member of the Committee on information policy, IT and communication.

The Internet covers the whole world. Since it is mainly English-speaking, it is quite logical that we`ve been trying to build up equal cooperation with the leading countries, including the US. Russia would appreciate if the US shares its experience in fighting cyber crime. Experts have already described the Russian-US talks on the Internet policy a ‘reset’ in the field of cyber technologies. It has become evident that Russia should strengthen its role in Internet management, IT expert Andrei Masalovich says.

Fortunately, changes in cooperation in the sphere of information technologies were mentioned in Barack Obama`s campaign speech, and this program has been being successfully implemented. A more active participation of Russia in the World Wide Web is required also because all global consortiums are under the US control. An idea to change this situation was put forward by Asian countries complaining about little involvement in global Internet management.

Cyber crime is one of the most acute problems worldwide. The US is taking tough measures to protect its information space. On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Pentagon, James Miller, said the US does not rule out a possibility of launching a military campaign in response to cyber attacks from foreign countries. “This may lead to a technological collapse”, Andrei Masalovich fears. And in this case it will be hard to predict possible military and political consequences. Russia understands the importance of protecting its information space in order to be able to adequately react to cyber attacks. That is why cooperation is the key to success in fighting cyber crime. 

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