Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Schmidt says governments might rein-in online freedom

by Loventrice Farrow | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 | 450 views

Northern, WI 04/29/2013 (usastockreport) – Eric Schmidt, the Executive chairman of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (Closed: $801.42, down by 0.95%) said that there is a distinct possibility that internet freedom will be threatened by governments across the globe. Efforts will now have to be made to ensure that connectivity between people around the world is maintained. He said that society will need to consider some technical solutions to prevent the world’s governments from controlling information-flow on the internet. Schmidt recently co-authored a book “The New Digital Age” and he has been singing the praises of online access that helped married Pakistani women move on with their lives and helped Libyan schoolgirls avoid bombings.

Mobiles more accessible
He also talked about how the dip in mobile device prices have helped improve digital access in developing countries. He said that over the nest five or ten years the mobile revolution will be a defining factor in the lives of many people. Another important point that was raised was that of internet security and squelching web attacks that threaten online protection and access. He added that governments are bound to be tempted to curb present online trends and gain control. Another Google executive, Nelson Mattos praised mobile potential at a San Francisco event on April 23. He is the product and engineering vice president for Google’s European as well a emerging markets and stated that mobile technology has helped women advance in society as business as a whole.

At another event in Washington, panelists and speakers alike warned about the general tendency to overreact to threats such as the one Boston bombings case. The outgoing deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jane Holl Lute said that it is incorrect to say that as radical individuals move towards violent extremism, it is necessary for others to curtail their civil liberties and rights.

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