Dec 3, 2020

Web Summit: Facebook urges Biden to restore global internet

Joe Biden should tackle the splintering of the global internet as one of his top tech priorities when he becomes president, Facebook's head of global affairs has told Web Summit. The Chinese internet operated on "a completely different set of values" to Silicon Valley's "Seamless and open" approach, Nick Clegg said. "The global internet doesn't exist," Mr Clegg said in a conversation with John Micklethwait, Bloomberg's editor-in-chief, at the Web Summit conference, which this year is online-only. Mr Biden needed to work "Urgently" on finding common ground between the three to ensure the US had more say over "Shaping future internet rules" rather than China, said Mr Clegg. The engineers employed at Facebook when it launched 15 years ago treated data like enthusiastic carpenters would a piece of spare wood, he said.

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