The leaders of the G8 concluded their meetings last week with a renewed commitment to freedom and democracy. They released a declaration dealing with a variety of topics including the importance of the Internet and intellectual property as catalysts to innovation. The declaration also highlights the challenges of maintaining the privacy and security of networks and network communications.
The declaration on the Internet made the link between the Internet and innovation as follows:
For business, the Internet has become an essential and irreplaceable tool for the conduct of commerce and development of relations with consumers.