Internet - The Future

  1. THE first internet boom, a decade and a half ago, resembled a religious movement. Omnipresent cyber-gurus, often framed by colourful PowerPoint presentations reminiscent of stained glass, prophesied a digital paradise in which not only would commerce be frictionless and growth exponential, but democracy would be direct and the nation-state would no longer exist. One, John-Perry Barlow, even penned “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace”.
  2. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has a fairly tempestuous relationship with the Internet. He’s the man who backed the controversial ”Hadopi” laws that kick copyright infringers offline — the model for “three strikes” legislation around the planet. He’s proposed taxes on Internet use and has talked regularly about creating a “civilized” Internet. And now he’s taking his campaign global.
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