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Friday, August 31, 2007

A Net founder comments on social Web

"The Internet should not be used as a scapegoat for society's ills," Vint Cerf told the BBC. Cerf, who is considered one of
the "fathers" of the Internet for the role he played during its early stages, was speaking on BBC Radio. He argued against over-regulation of the Net, after some members of Britain's Conservative Party proposed government limits on sites young people can use, including YouTube which is owned by Google, where Cerf now serves as chief Internet evangelist. Cerf's comments were specifically about Web 2.0, or the social Web. "Most of the content on the network is contributed by the users of the Internet," he said, "so what we're seeing on the Net is a reflection of the society we live in." Cerf pointed out that Google, like other search engines, can be configured to help parents limit the types of sites their kids can find.

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