(The Hosting News) – On Thursday, web leaders discussed the internet at the G8 summit, warning that too much regulation could limit free access.
The summit included such high profile executives as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google chairman Eric Schmidt.
The leaders had previously discussed issues at Wednesday’s e-G8 forum, a panel put together by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to study internet regulation and come up with new proposals.
During the summit, the internet executives agreed that internet access should be guaranteed by governments worldwide.
Google’s Schmidt specifically criticized governments in Iran and Syria for blocking internet access to citizens during pro-democracy demonstrations, adding, “among other things it completely screws up the economy, communications, the exchange of goods, the electronic commerce, the flow of information into these countries.”
Meanwhile, Facebook founder Zuckerberg stated, “Internet is really a powerful force giving people a voice” and expressed his eagerness to “play any role they ask me to play.”
The G8 summit, which brings leaders from various countries together is being held in Deauville, France and will conclude tomorrow.