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Governments should have control of internet, say one-third of Davos delegates

Thomas Molloy in Davos

Published 23/01/2013 | 14:53

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ALMOST a third of the delegates attending the World Economic Forum in Davos believe that governments should be in charge of the internet, according to a survey published today.

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The poll of 1,500 global experts shows that 32pc of respondents want governments to control the internet while a further 31pc of people say policing and control of the internet should fall to international organisations. A further 19pc want business to be in charge while 15pc look to NGOs and just 3pc named academia.

The same poll reveals that just 4pc of those polled are confident about the capacity of global leaders to solve the problems presented by income inequality. A fifth say they are neutral while the remaining 67pc said they not confident that politicians can solve the problem.

Turning to political stability, more than 90pc of respondents said stability will either stay the same or decrease in the years ahead. That was more pessimistic than any other region. The next region where instability is seen as rising or staying the same was the Middle East and Africa where 88pc fell into one of these two categories.

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