Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (right) addressed a small side panel at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. Cyrus Farivar UNITED NATIONS—It’s not every day that the Peace of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years War in mid-seventeenth century Europe, is invoked when it comes to Internet policy. But Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves did just that in a Monday keynote address at a side event as part of the United Nations General Assembly, which is currently underway this week in New York. President Ilves said that while the Peace of Westphalia—which dictated that countries (mostly) respect each others’ sovereign boundaries—may have historically applied in physical space, this concept no longer applies when it comes to the online world. “Cyberspace has no borders. Countries face the import of potentially disruptive liberal ideas of open societies,” he said. “The means of expression, transparency, and accountability empowered by a Google search, a YouTube video, or a tweet, and these are direct threats to a restrictive political system; the World Wide Web turns them into domestic threats to the regime. 9     

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