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Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:26 PM

Internet governance becoming top concern for many countries, including U.S.

By Rachel King | November 14, 2011, 10:03am PST

Summary: Google?s chief Internet evangelist discusses the next big questions about the future of the web.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. ? The Internet is a disruptive influence in almost every dimension you can think of, according to Dr. Vint Cerf, Google vice president and chief Internet evangelist.

While speaking at the Google Atmosphere 2011 summit on Monday morning, Cerf threw out several questions and topics that need to be addressed when thinking about the future of the Internet.

Covered last but what might be the most significant ? especially in light of the events of the ?Arab Spring? movement in the Middle East in the last year ? would be Internet governance.

Cerf defined Internet governance to include law enforcement, freedom of speech, human rights, and business transactions on a worldwide business.

?It?s everywhere, and that is why Internet governance is Topic A in many quarters,? said Cerf.

Cerf explained that there are governments that see the Internet as an important element in economic, social, and political circles ? which for some might be more of a threat than anything else.

?They feel less in control of the Internet because of its ubiquity and because of the fact that it?s borderless,? said Cerf, adding that this ?generates a lot of tension? for governments that feel fragile in the presence of information about going out to their populations about what?s really going on in their countries.