Internet Chiefs Want G8 Leaders to Provide Universal Access

Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was among the Internet company executives calling on Group of Eight leaders to boost investment in telecommunications networks and avoid hampering growth through regulation.Governments should set a goal of universal access to high- speed Internet services, the executives told reporters in Deauville, France, before meeting G-8 leaders. The heads of the world’s largest economies should also seek to solve problems linked to privacy, piracy, pornography, copyrights and security through technological innovation, the executives said.To read this Bloomberg report in full, see: see:Don’t strangle web with red tape, Facebook and Google chiefs tell world leaders at G8 [The Times]
The bosses of Google and Facebook have told world leaders to steer clear of regulating the internet or risk stifling growth and prosperity in their countries.Eric Schmidt, the chief of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, joined other titans of the web in resisting ideas from President Sarkozy of France at the G8 summit for greater controls in such matters as intellectual property and privacy. bosses tell G8 to ensure world’s access to Internet [AFP]
Internet prime movers including the bosses of Facebook and Google put their proposals to the G8 summit of world leaders on Thursday, calling for governments to guarantee Internet access.Some of the biggest online names, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who swapped his usual teenager’s look for a suit and tie, came to the French resort of Deauville to present the conclusions of their parallel e-G8 talks. backs govt role in internet [AAP]
The G8 summit in France will agree that the government has a role in “creating an environment in which the internet can flourish in a balanced manner”, according to a draft statement.The proposed final statement for the two-day meeting, seen by AFP, said the private sector must remain the driving force behind the online economy and emphasises the need for openness, transparency and free expression.

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