The European Parliament has called upon national authorities and regulatory bodies to work together to stamp out child pornography and other criminal activity on the internet.
MEPs were debating the future of internet governance, which is currently carried out by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a not-for-profit organisation based in the US.
Although ICANN is generally believed to have done a satisfactory job, it faced calls for greater transparency and diversity in its membership.
Commenting from Strasbourg, South West MEP Graham Watson told the Devon Week: “The internet is a tremendous force for good in the South West, as it is around the world. It has connected communities, created wealth and promoted the exchange of ideas.
“The internet is global public property and it therefore deserves an open and transparent organisational body.”
Graham also believes this approach can help prevent criminal activity including child pornography: “Criminal gangs use the freedom of the internet to evade authorities. MEPs called for global cooperation to help shine a light on the darker corners of the internet and delete illicit material at source.”
The European Parliament’s views will be taken into account as the European Commission calls for an internal review of ICANN.