Internet rules at centre of e-G8 forum

Schmidt says policymakers should tread lightly at regulating the Internet and avoid "stupid" rules.

France wants better regulation of the Internet. Google's executive chairman said policymakers should tread lightly and avoid "stupid" rules.

Bridging such differences about how the Internet could or should be more regulated took centre stage at an "e-G8" meeting.

The meeting aimed to parlay the digital world's growing economic clout into a cohesive message for world leaders at the Group of Eight summit later this week in Normandy.

The two-day Paris gathering has brought together Internet and media world gurus such as Google Inc executive chairman Eric Schmidt, News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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