G-8 Leaders to Call for Tighter Internet Regulation
Posted in: Governance at 25/05/2011 18:56
Leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized countries are set to issue a provocative call for stronger Internet regulation, a cause championed by the host of the meeting, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, but fiercely opposed by some Internet companies and free-speech groups.
The G-8 leaders will urge the adoption of measures to protect children from online predators, to strengthen privacy rights and to crack down on digital copyright piracy, according to two people who have seen drafts of a communiqué the G-8 will issue at the end of a meeting this week in Deauville, France. At the same time, the document is expected to include a pledge to maintain openness and to support entrepreneurial, rather than government-led, development of the Internet.
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Sarkozy Seeks Global Net Rules
French President Nicolas Sarkozy Tuesday called for tighter regulation of the Internet, as policy makers and the private sector clashed over the role of governance online at the e-G8 summit in Paris.
In his opening speech of the two-day gathering of major Internet representatives, the French president called for the Web's major players to be responsible and help governments create global governance for issues ranging from copyright to privacy.
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"I was invited to the e-G8 and declined," said author and activist Cory Doctorow recently. "I believe it's a whitewash, an attempt to get people who care about the Internet to lend credibility to regimes that are in all-out war with the free, open 'Net. On the other hand, I now have a dandy handwriting sample from Sarkozy should I ever need to establish a graphological baseline for narcissistic sociopathy."
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French President Calls for More Regulated 'Net
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"The world you represent is not a parallel universe where legal and moral rules and more generally all the basic rules that govern society in democratic countries do not apply," the BBC quoted Sarkozy as saying at the event.
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Murdoch said it was not a question of putting a computer in every school, but concentrating on opening up opportunities for youngsters to flourish by using targeted and tailored software.