Brazil moves to secure telecom, Internet systems after US spying

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Brazil said Wednesday it is moving to secure its communications through its own satellite and digital networks to end its dependence on the United States, which is accused of electronically spying on the region.

“Brazil is in favor of greater decentralization: Internet governance must be multilateral and multisectoral with a broader participation,” Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo told a congressional panel.

Tuesday, Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota warned his US counterpart John Kerry that the row over Washington’s electronic snooping could sow mistrust between the two countries.

Kerry responded by conceding that Brasilia was owed answers from Washington and would get them.

He suggested that the vast US aimed to “provide security, not just for Americans, but for Brazilians and the people of the world.” Adapted from

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