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Date:29/09/11

EU's Kroes says public authorities must play a role in shaping Internet's future

Public authorities must play a "modest, but not inactive" role in shaping the internet's future, although regulation should only ever be a last resort, the European Commission's technology chief said Tuesday.

"As the net becomes an ever more structural part of our economic and social framework, so grows the case for public authorities to take a role," the European Union's commissioner for the digital agenda Neelie Kroes said according to the text of a speech given in Nairobi. "Regulation is only ever a last resort, and even then keyhole surgery rather than amputation."

She added that "international binding rules might not be the appropriate answer, or indeed even feasible," and that public authorities should ensure they aren't swayed by lobbyists when doing this.

Otherwise, the outcome of the multi-stakeholder approach is that lobbyists hijack decision-making, that private vested interests trump the public interest, and that some put themselves above the law," Kroes said."These are not things I will accept, now or in the future



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