US-Brazil Cyber Thaw?

Following meetings between President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff this week, the leaders issued a joint communiqué addressing a number of cyber issues. It would appear that post-Snowden tensions have ameliorated. In 2013, President Rousseff condemned alleged US spying. In their statement this week, the Presidents expressed a “share[d] understanding that global Internet governance must be transparent and inclusive, ensuring full participation of governments, civil society, private sector and international organizations, so that the potential of the Internet as a powerful tool for economic and social development can be fulfilled” and they reaffirmed “their adherence to the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.”

Perhaps most significant, the communique notes that “[b]ilateral cooperation on cyber issues will be resumed by the convening of the Second Meeting of the Working Group on Internet and Information and Communications Technology in Brasilia.” That upcoming meeting was described as presenting an opportunity for the two countries to exchange experiences and promote cooperation on “e-government, the digital economy, cybersecurity, cybercrime prevention, capacity building activities, international security in cyberspace, and research, development, and innovation.”

The “Joint Communique by President Barack Obama and President Dilma Rousseff” is available here.