Internet interference 'a mistake'
The head of Google has said it would be "a mistake" for governments to try to interfere with the internet in the wake of the English riots.
Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs after the riots that the Government was trying to establish how to stop the internet being a tool for troublemakers to organise disruption.
Speaking at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Dr Eric Schmidt said: "It's a mistake to look in the mirror and decide to break the mirror. The fact of the matter is whatever the problem was ... whatever the underlying problem was, the internet is a reflection of that problem but turning on and off the internet is not going to fix it.
"You better fix whatever the underlying problem was."
Asked about Twitter's role during the escalating violence in London, Metropolitan Police Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin told the Home Affairs Select Committee last week that he had contemplated seeking the authority to switch it off.
But he added: "The legality of that is very questionable and additionally it is also a very useful intelligence asset."
Earlier this week, Home Secretary Theresa May met police and executives from social media networks to see how they could help prevent them being used for criminal behaviour.
But the Government did not seek any additional powers to close down networks such as BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook or Twitter, the Home Office said.
On Friday, Dr Schmidt delivered the keynote MacTaggart Lecture and called for a return to a "Victorian" approach bringing "art and science back together". The IT boss said the UK has seen "a drift to the humanities" and people are divided into boffins and luvvies.
He said he was "flabbergasted" that computer science was not taught as standard in UK schools, adding: "Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it's made. That is just throwing away your great computing heritage."