At the e-G8 summit yesterday in Paris, French President Nicholas Sarkozy urged more government regulation of the Internet, calling for the Web’s biggest players to help governments create global governance for matters such as privacy, copyright and taxes.
One such big player, Google, had some different ideas. Notes the Wall Street Journal:
Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt warned that government intervention could slow the internet’s development. “You want to stay away from regulating brand new industries,” he said.” Before we decide we need some regulatory solution to many of these problems, let’s see if there is a technological solution.”
Funny, this statement (I’m being nice). Mr. Schmidt and his company have done more to regulate the Internet than just about any in recent memory. His Pandora’s Box, pushed by Google-funded “public interest advocates” – e.g., Net Neutrality regulations – represents the exact opposite of his Sarkozy entreaties.
C’mon, Eric. Who do you think you’re foolin’?