He said we must "find some international protocols." Actual international cooperation on security would the overrule years-long State Department effort to keep governments away from Internet governance and especially security. It makes sense to cooperate. Internet security issues cross borders and the U.S. has just learned the hard way they cannot be resolved without international cooperation. Obama's words are clear but I wouldn't be surprised if his administration doesn't follow through as I perceive it. Politicians do that.
Until now, the imperative of U.S. Internet policy has been the imperative to keep governments far away from net security. Everyone understands why. The 14 U.S. WCIT delegates from agencies like the NSA were not there to protect free speech.
Barack had the guts to be publicly interviewed by Kara Swisher, the toughest reporter in technology. His comment,
"What we're going to need to do is to find some international protocols that, in the same way we did with nuclear arms, set some clear limits and guidelines, understanding that everybody's vulnerable and everybody's better off if we abide by certain behaviors." — President Barack ObamaAdd a comment