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G-8 Leaders To Call For Tighter Internet Regulation

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/technology/25tech.html?_r=1&ref=business

PARIS — 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.

This balancing act was reflected Tuesday in a speech by Mr. Sarkozy, who convened a special gathering of the global digerati in Paris on the eve of the G-8 meeting. Calling the rise of the Internet a “revolution,” Mr. Sarkozy compared its impact to that of two previous transforming episodes in global history: the age of exploration and the industrial revolution.

The Internet revolution “doesn’t have a flag, it doesn’t have a slogan, it belongs to everyone,” he said, citing the recent uprisings in the Arab world as examples of its positive effects.

We can't have people talking to each other freely they might get some crazy ideas about freedom and realize govts are entirely full knuts.

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Is this why they are talking of bringing Mandelson back in?

He hates people who own computers.

Is he going to be the a right honorable 'Minister for the destruction of civil liberties and Fascism'?

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The '(further) regulate the internet' movement is gathering speed quickly. Its a matter of when it will happen not if.

It will happen! Your cell phone or Interet provider will be monitoring where you are and your usage, for either commercial, or political reasons! :ph34r::blink:

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It will happen! Your cell phone or Interet provider will be monitoring where you are and your usage, for either commercial, or political reasons! :ph34r::blink:

What do you mean 'will be'? They do it already. You can bet if you're suspected of a serious crime, your movements have been tracked via your mobile, even by our ineffective Police force.:ph34r:

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If they've learnt one thing from the "arab spring" it is that the people cannot be trusted to share their opinions. The people might just decide that they don't like those in power and that is not on.

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