Leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized countries are set to issue a call for stronger internet regulation, a cause championed by the host of the meeting, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, but opposed by internet companies and free-speech groups, reports NyTi.
Ostensibly, the leaders want measures to protect children from online predators, to strengthen privacy rights and to crack down on digital copyright piracy, but as Carlyle Group's David Rubenstein once told me in another context, "The devil is always in the details." All kinds of paragraphs and clauses are slipped into such measures that benefit the elitist few at the expense of the rest of us.
Creation of power centers, and such internet "protection" measures would result in the creation of a global power center, always give an edge to the elitists and globalists, who can influence the power centers.
Tuesday in a speech by Sarkozy, before an audience that included top executives of some of the world’s largest internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay, he said:
The universe you represent is not a parallel universe.Nobody should forget that governments are the only legitimate representatives of the will of the people in our democracies.
That should be warning enough as to who he thinks should control the internet, "for the good of democracy". And he is talking about "control", not the free development of thoughts, ideas and reporting of news.
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