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The open, innovative internet is a boon for mankind, but also all too easy for gangsters and terrorists to use. And it faces many foes, from greedy companies to interfering governments. Many worry that it can’t survive. Today a grandly named group of 29 “notable persons” chaired by Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister, presents its answer to a ministerial meeting in Cancún of the rich-countries’ club, the OECD. The Global Commission on Internet Governance wants like-minded countries to agree on a “social compact”, devised by “multiple stakeholders”, to establish norms to keep the internet universally available, open and...

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