Google urges Myanmar free speech

Google urges Myanmar free speech

YANGON - Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is urging Myanmar to allow free speech and private sector development of the country's woeful telecommunications infrastructure.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is urging Myanmar to allow free speech and private sector development of the country's telecommunications infrastructure. (AFP photo)

"Try to keep the government out of regulating the internet" he told a group of students Friday at a technical university in Yangon.  

He says Google's first priority in Myanmar, which is undergoing rapid political and economic reforms, is to improve access to information through its search, translation and mapping applications.  

Schmidt's visit to Myanmar comes after trips to Libya, Afghanistan, and North Korea, which he says was a "truly wacky place." He is scheduled to meet Myanmar's president Thein Sein Friday afternoon.  

Inadequate infrastructure and prohibitive prices mean only about 1% of people in Myanmar have access to the internet and less than 10% have mobile phones. 



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