Google at odds with African ministers and musicians over internet regulation
- Google at odds with African ministers and musicians over internet regulation
Eric Schmidt has lobbied for an 'open internet' in emerging markets â" but in Africa artists are concerned about piracy.
African policymakers attending a ministerial-level meeting in Tanzania agreed on the importance of developing national intellectual property frameworks in order to foster innovation.
If an unregulated internet where "almost anything goes" is so liberating, how come those who live with that reality are far from content with the status quo? Perhaps they realise that the reason their continent has been lagging behind is not simply for the lack of wider access to unregulated telecommunications (though a recent United Nations study shows that more people on the planet have access to mobile phones than toilets).
The African policymakers said they wanted to protect their citizens' IP rights in order to attract investment and "ensure that intellectual property becomes a tool for African economic emancipation".