[…] Paris rolled out the red carpet for the titans of Silicon Valley […] to introduce France’s latest contribution to global summitry, the “e-G8”.
And as the tent steamed up under the sun and the batteries on guests’ iPhones drained, the enthusiasm for the e-G8 waned. Old arguments about protecting copyright online were reheated but remained unresolved.
Resigned, perhaps, to the downside of greater government involvement in their industry, one borrowed phrase captured best the forum’s hopes: “Do no harm.”
“We should insist on minimalism,” said Lawrence Lessig, Harvard law professor. “The future of the internet is not here, it was not invited … The least we can do is preserve the architecture of this network that protects this future that is not here.”