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e-G8 conference wraps up Wednesday

John Moe May 25, 2011

And it looks like what will come out of it will be a call for more regulation. From the New York Times: “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.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.”

Some think this group has no interest in keeping an open internet; rather, it’s a plan to use the Internet to favor big business. Says Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow:
“I was invited to the EG8 and declined. I believe it’s a whitewash, an attempt to get people who care about the Internet to lend credibility to regimes that are in all-out war with the free, open net.”

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