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Why we must fight for Internet freedom

Google's Vinton Cerf: A state-controlled system of regulation is dangerous

(CNN) — The internet empowers each one of us to speak, create, learn and share. Today, more than two billion people are online — about a third of the planet.

The internet has become one of the motors of the 21st century economy, allowing all of us to reach a global audience at a click of a mouse and creating hundreds of thousands of businesses and millions of jobs.

According to a new OECD study, the net already accounts of 13% of American business output, impacting every industry, from communications to cars, and restaurants to retail. Not since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, or Alexander Graham Bell the telephone, has a human invention empowered so many and offered so much possibility for benefiting humankind.

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