Ranjit Lall writing at FT’s Beyondbrics discusses a Google White Paper in which the company calls for governments to ensure a free and open Internet. Lall highlights three measures for which Google advocates:
- Focus on and publicly highlight as unfair trade barriers those practices by governments that restrict or disrupt the flow of online information services.
- Take appropriate action where government restrictions on the free flow of online information violate international trade rules.
- Establish new international trade rules under bilateral, regional, and multilateral agreements that provide further assurances in favor of the free flow of information on the Internet.
Lall points out the uncertainty of Google’s motives, as the company has been somewhat weak-kneed in standing against Internet censorship. You can read Google’s whitepaper here.