January 27, 2014
During the CyberTech 2014 conference held in Israel on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed establishing “a kind of UN of the Internet” led by the government of Israel.
“We need a coalition of leading companies with capabilities in this world,” Netanyahu said. “This is the best thing that we can do to deal with the challenges. In my opinion, Israel is a leader in this field. We decided to concentrate these skills and establish a consortium of our security agencies, research institutes, and businesses. We think we can turn the curse of the Internet into a blessing, because we all need it.”
“We set up a special organization, a cyber headquarters, to see how it is possible to combine these capabilities with others,” he continued. “We decided to lower the restrictions because we’re betting on the growth of these partnerships and higher profits for both us and for the participating companies. This will spur the growth of hundreds of cyber companies, most of which did not exist a few years ago, and were founded by investments in the sector and with the cooperation of large foreign players. These are developments that can be expanded, and we want to ensure that it will be on a large scale. We see this as cooperation between the government and businesses, and we’re committed to this in the years ahead.”
Cooperation between government and business. You know, corporatism, or as Mussolini called it, fascism.
For Netanyahu, Israel and the internet are interchangeable. And because the military is so important in Israel, it should, naturally, become an element of internet development.
“We’ve moved army units to the south, provided trains that arrive at the heart of the campus [at Beersheva], so there is a university, industrial park, and the army, too. This is a great thing that reflects our vision to develop Israel with your help. This is something that we all want to see, a cyber world that is open, free, and prosperous in which everyone participates. When you think about cyber, you’ll think about Israel.”
Of course, in Israel, and just about everywhere else, the words “open” and “free” are subject to interpretation by government.