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Overflow of ideas to rule the Web: 2 meetings in France highlight the rival plans for Internet regulation
Source: International Herald Tribune
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Created: Nov 22, 2011
"We're trying to get the message across that if you hamper the flow of information, you are shooting yourself in the foot in terms of the economic benefits of the Internet," said Sam Paltridge, an official in the O.E.C.D.'s directorate for science, technology and industry. "If someone comes along and threatens that openness, that's a real problem for economic growth."

Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin of Russia met with Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the I.T.U., this month in Geneva, where he said that "Russia was determined to contribute to the work of the union and to strengthen the collaboration with the organization," according to an I.T.U. news release.

"There is a realization that Internet governance wouldn't work under a traditional treaty model," Mr. Paltridge of the O.E.C.D. said. "If you do this via a treaty, are you putting a straitjacket on innovation?"

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