[NYTimes] Underpinnings of the Internet Shift

[...] the rapprochement with political leaders has angered some advocates of an open Internet, who say it is counterproductive and futile to extend rules and principles governing traditional media into the digital sphere. [...]

At the Paris gathering, the split between Internet companies and groups saying they represented “civil society” in the digital world grew clearer. The latter complained of being underrepresented.

It’s surprising to come to France and find something so deeply American going on,” said Mr. Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, as he sat in front of a wall covered with the logos of the corporate sponsors of the E-G8. “I don’t remember the French philosopher who said, ‘Let’s ask the businesses that are to be regulated what the regulations ought to be.”’