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Geist said that even if the committee meeting was heavy on political grandstanding, the international co-operation could lead to numerous countries — Canada included — experimenting with different tactics for regulating the big tech companies, and then sharing what works best.

That was an idea echoed by Aaron Shull, managing director and general counsel for the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Shull noted that all three parties were largely aligned on the need to regulate companies like Google and Facebook.

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