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Facebook, Google use e-G8 to warn about Internet regulation

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 26 May 2011 15:04 User comments (3)

Facebook, Google use e-G8 to warn about Internet regulation Two-day forum in Paris highlights rift in philosophy between tech giants and policy makers.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt used the e-G8 forum in Paris to warn governments to be very careful when it comes to regulations and restrictions imposed on the Internet.

Zuckerberg received a warm reception at e-G8, with comments about how Facebook was used as a tool in the creation and rise of democracy movements in the Arab world. "People tell me on the one hand 'it's great you played such a big role in the Arab spring, but it's also kind of scary because you enable all this sharing and collect information on people'," Zuckerberg said.

"But it's hard to have one without the other .... You can't isolate some things you like about the Internet and control other things that you don't."

Eric Schmidt had also put his views forward on a number of occasions. He warned that technology moves forward faster than any government, and so it would be unwise to legislate quickly without understanding the possible consequences of the actions.

He also squared off with Vivendi CEO Jeah Bernard Levy over copyright and the Internet. "I don't think you can compromise on copyright. It's the right of the artist to decide how his work is used," Levy commented at the final panel intended to finalize a message for the G8 leaders.

Schmidt didn't agree with the statement. "I would be opposed to any absolute statements. Copyright is not an absolute right; it is a shared right. Copyright in one form or another is a balance of interests," he said.

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3 user comments

126.5.2011 16:47

For every lock, there's a lock picker suckers! Besides, I don't know about Europe, but here in the US, they better not screw with our freedom.

226.5.2011 16:50

Grammar fail:

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Zuckerberg had been received a warm reception

326.5.2011 17:25

Originally posted by hikaricor:
Grammar fail:

Quote:
Zuckerberg had been received a warm reception

Thanks ;-)

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