Zuckerberg and Schmidt warn on over-regulation of web

Jun 10 2011 Published by under friday fun, social media

From the BBC:

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google boss Eric Schmidt have warned governments worldwide not to over-regulate the internet.

Mr Zuckerberg said governments cannot cherry pick which aspects of the web to control and which not to.

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"People tell me on the one hand 'It's great you played such a big role in the Arab spring [uprisings], but it's also kind of scary because you enable all this sharing and collect information on people'," said Facebook's founder.

"But it's hard to have one without the other. You can't isolate some things you like about the internet and control other things that you don't."

Although I mostly agree with Zuckerberg and Schmidt that attempting to over-regulate the Internet is probably a bad idea, hearing them talk about it brings to mind Hitler and Stalin warning about the over-regulation of Poland.

I can see the August 1939 BBC headlines even now, "Hitler and Stalin warn on over-regulation of Poland."

Sorry for the Godwin moment, BTW.

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