e-G8: Web must behave itself. No excuses.

24 May

Jay alerts me to the BBC coverage of the first ever e-G8 in Paris.


Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and Google’s Eric Schmidt are among those due to speak.

Critics have claimed that the e-G8 is too focused on handing net control to companies and governments….

…However, President Sarkozy claimed that countries could not remain neutral and allow completely unchecked internet use.

“The world you represent is not a parallel universe where legal and moral rules and more generally all the basic rules that govern society in democratic countries do not apply.”

I am on the side of the French President because the internet is open to certain people of extreme religious belief intent upon seting up a world-wide terrorist government, and criminals intent upon stealing your hard-earned money out of your accounts.

I welcome the open discussion of this immensely important issue.


4 Responses to “e-G8: Web must behave itself. No excuses.”

  1. Jay Liotta May 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Yes freedom of speech comes at a price, extreme loony religous views, or the 419 boys trying to empty your bank account, are par for the course in a cyberspace where we can exist as we, as individuals, choose to. The alternative is filtered access, like the current practices in Burma and China. If you are an adult, and by adult I mean you own a computer, cell phone and you have pubic hair, then you probably want to make your own mind up what is good for you, rather than the polit bureau in Westminster or Washington.

    -Jay Liotta Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Email: productionfx@yahoo.co.uk

  2. Jay Liotta May 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Correct me if I’m wrong but was it not Regulation and Balance and the desire to feed the public what the state thought was good for them, that left broadcasting in Britain in the wilderness for half a century, with the BBC and ITV/IBA cosy franchises, until the combination of new technology and Rupert Murdoch brought about liberation and diversity?

    -Jay Liotta

  3. Jay Liotta May 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    The real reason that governments are taking an active interest in Internet Regulation, or the desire to effect such a plan, is not difficult to understand. For the majority of users, it’s only been available to them in a seriously practical way for 10 years. In that short time, it has become a force that is more powerful than the ballot box, or elected or unelected assemblies.

    That fact (that is plain for all to see) scares the living shit out of the establishment. [Certain extremists] understood the theory behind this when they occupied Kabul. It was illegal under their rule for women to be educated. The mind-set behind net control and regulation is for the most part the same. One thing we can all be sure of is that, if filtering starts, there will be no turning back.

    Jay Liotta

  4. Vincent May 26, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I am ALL about freedom – but freedom MUST be accompanied by RESPONSIBILITY.

    However, responsibility does NOT include behaving the way THEY want you to…

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