Free trade for the internet economy is good so long as fair practise is employed by all involved.Even companies that have high moral principles in theory, like Google, have recently been shown to be not so squeeky clean themseves re collection and dissemination of information. The unauthorised acquisition and businesses of email addresses and other personal information from homes all accross the UK, Germany and other nations has now been stopped by Google.Transparency and honesty must be a basic foundation for all major players in this new age of e-information and e-commerce.As we move down the river of ever speedier and open exchange of information big world players like Google need to demonstrate big honesty too in their dealings at all times.The internet economy will flourish more quickly if the enablers, such as Google and even eventually Baidu, are universally trusted.
I applaud Google for recognizing the importance of the WTO Agreement to the information technology business. Trade liberalization and and the free flow of information should go hand-in-hand.
I think this paper is helpful in opening up those countries that actively restrict information and access. Of course, as Google well knows, this applies to businesses as well (or should).www.brianshall.com
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