The internet should not be used as a scapegoat for society’s ills, said Vint Cerf, Google’s net evangelist and a founding father of the network.
Speaking on the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he rejected calls for strict control of what is put online.
He said the net was just a reflection of the society in which we live.
Anyone regulating beyond what was clearly illegal put themselves on a “slippery slope” that could limit freedom of expression, he said.
“If it’s not illegal, it raises a rather interesting question about where you do draw the line,” he said.
Best quote: “”Most of the content on the network is contributed by the users of the internet. So what we’re seeing on the net is a reflection of the society we live in. Maybe it is important for us to look at that society and try to do something about what’s happening, what we are seeing. When you have a problem in the mirror you do not fix the mirror, you fix that which is reflected in the mirror. “