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Google Execs Say 'the Power of Information Is ­nderrated'

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Eric Schmidt and Bill Richardson in North Korea

Eric Schmidt (third from left) and Bill Richardson (second from right) visited this computer lab during a tour of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea, in January.

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"We fear that the natural action for, in particular, autocratic governments experiencing what we describe as 'virtual urbanization' will be to balkanize the Internet," says Cohen, "filtering out content so that way the Internet experience in that particular country looks as much like the physical society as possible."

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