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The failure to concur on a global Internet treaty at the end of a two-week summit Friday “seems to safeguard the role of the Internet as an unregulated, international service free of direct interference by national governments,” The Guardian reports.

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The House Judiciary Committee, reviewing a proposal for a new law aimed at combating online piracy, suspended discussions Friday without setting a date to reconvene. The move pleased top Internet companies and others who warn that the bill could lead to a new age of censorship on the Web.

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