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Helen Purves Helen Purves | 13:50 UK time, Wednesday, 25 May 2011

You might have heard of the G8 (Group of Eight) forum - an arrangement between the world's eight major economies where world leaders come together to discuss global politics.

Well, yesterday The French President Nicolas Sarkozy opened a similar forum in Paris called the e-G8, which brings together major names from the technology industry - leaders from websites like Google, Facebook and Wikipedia.  News Corp's Rupert Murdoch and the BBC's Director General Mark Thompson are also due to speak.

The most controversial issue up for debate is about who 'owns' the internet - whether governments should control what people can say online and also what they can access.  This is particularly topical because of the recent news stories about superinjunctions being broken via social networking website Twitter.

Read the full story about the e-G8 forum on the BBC News Technology website.


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