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G8 Summit Tackles Internet Regulation

27th May 2011

The biggest names in the world of the Internet have gathered for the e-G8 – a precursor to the G8 summit – including Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive, Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, and Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been leading a discussion around governance of the web, specifically focusing on increased regulation around copyright and privacy, in a two-day technology forum prior to the main event.

Last year the French government set up a commission to crack down on web piracy. Sarkozy is thought to be trying to open up dialogue with technology bosses, with latest figures indicating that the web economy has created 700,000 jobs in France alone over the last 15 years.

"The role of the state is to encourage laws to evolve to take account of the advances of technological innovation," Sarkozy said last month.

The G8 summit began on Thursday, during which the conclusions of the eG8 meeting were presented and debated.

The Group of Eight is a forum for the governments of six major economies: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and the United States.

In recent years, France and the United Kingdom have expressed a desire to expand the group to include five developing countries: Brazil, People's Republic of China, India, Mexico, and South Africa.

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