Vint Cerf on internet without borders

Posted in: Governance at 21/03/2010 22:57

Vinton Cerf clearly recalls something billionaire investor George Soros told him in 1994: ''He said just because the internet is open now doesn't mean it will stay that way.'' That observation, Cerf says, holds as much today as it did in 1994, maybe even more so.

As one of the creators of the key technology behind the internet, Cerf has strong beliefs about the freedom people should have online. Yet increasingly governments, including Australia's, are taking steps to restrict full access to the medium.

Cerf says there may even come a day when the internet operates at two speeds, restricted and unrestricted, depending on which country you live in.

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