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Open web 'propaganda' protects corporate interests - Bernabe

Monday 17 December 2012 | 10:29 CET | News
The US invoked the principle of freedom of speech at the ITU meeting in Dubai as a cover to protect companies like Facebook and Google from attempts to co-ordinate internet regulation, Telecom Italia chairman and GSMA president Franco Bernabe told the Financial Times. Free web proponents fear that broad clauses about security and national sovereignty could be used for purposes of censorship, blocking websites and monitoring communications. Europe's ETNO operator's association, which Bernabe chairs, backed proposals to help operators charge internet companies for access to their networks. This proposal was blocked by Western countries favouring a hands-off approach to regulation of the internet.

Bernabe accused the US of waging "propaganda warfare" in associating a large portion of the industry with oppressive regimes. He added that US internet companies have been able to flourish thanks to a relaxed regulatory regime there while European counterparts were hampered by the complexities of the obligations of European privacy laws. He argues for more regulation in the US and much less in Europe to establish a level playing field.

Categories: Internet
Companies: ETNO / Facebook / Google / GSMA / ITU / Telecom Italia
Countries: World
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