Presidents of Panama and Costa Rica asking for more control of the Internet

The presidents of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, and Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, on Wednesday pleaded for tighter controls on Intenet to combat child pornography and attacks on the network on condition of anonymity.

The two leaders inaugurated in Panama called “Connecting the Americas,” which brings together more than 1,000 people between officials and representing the private sector, to seek new alliances to facilitate the poor’s access to new technologies.

“We must do something about what is happening on the internet in which publishes an enormous amount of things, often false and no one knows who they are or who publish them,” Martinelli said in his speech.

According to Martinelli “there must be an identity in the IP” that allows to know where and who is the author of what is published on the Internet to search for potential liabilities.

“There must be some responsibility because it is denigrating anonymously and often usurping identities and is destroying the reputation of countries, individuals and families,” said the Panamanian leader.

Chinchilla also called for greater control of the network, but focused on preventing the access of children to pornography.

“We must ensure that children enjoy (the children’s access to the Internet), but also we must avoid this enjoyment staining with impunity,” he said.

For the president of Costa Rica, one of the biggest challenges today is to “promote universal access for all children in the world to digital technologies, but also their protection from the risks of cyberspace.”

“The Internet opens the world to everyone but also makes us vulnerable and easy prey to abuse to our patrimony, our identity, our privacy and dignity,” said Chinchilla, godmother of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) under United Nations.

During this meeting, organized by ITU, they discussed various issues related to access to information technologies and communication technologies (ICT) and its use to help the less benefit in the continent.

“We do not need to control the Internet, but we want the good things that happen, do not miss for the bad things that can also happen online,” he said later at a press conference Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General.

According to Touré “we have to be careful” because “there are criminals in cyberspace.”

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