Tuesday, May 24, 2011

At the start in Paris on the first "eG8" Dialogue between governments and the web "

PARIS - "I will not try to control the Internet, but rather open a fruitful dialogue between governments and stakeholders of the Internet". Nicolas Sarkozy inaugurated this morning the summit eG8 "in front of over a thousand global players on the web together in a large marquee set up in the Tuileries Gardens, between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre.

The President stressed the need for a new global governance of the Net "There is an extraordinary contradiction in saying that the Internet eliminates borders - said - but then continue to act as if the rules could be only national." Sarkozy has also responded to those who accuse him of wanting to harness the Net France is the country that has introduced two laws against online piracy and copyright protection is at the forefront.

"At the risk of being unpopular, I will tell you that you can not refuse a minimum of rules and values. You can not - said the head of the Elysée - bad car without hindrance or restraint." The Paris Summit opens a debate on issues such as privacy and copyright, the neutrality of the web, the risk of a new speculative bubble prices after the record LinkedIn.

At the conclusion of the work, should be approved by a joint declaration will be brought to the Heads of State and Government for the G8 in Deauville. Sarkozy stressed the economic importance of the Internet: 8.000 billion euro in Internet commerce, 3% of world GDP, a contribution to the overall growth of 20% of the total.

Pressed by questions from participants, Sarkozy has also mentioned the problems of censorship and cyber-dissidents. "The Internet is now a free parameter to measure the credibility of democracy or the shame of a dictatorship," he responded to a head of Reporters Sans Frontières. "The Internet has changed the world and we also changed us," he said, recalling the support of the French Revolution and the Arab intervention to stop the Gaddafi in Libya.

"Most politicians know the network only for the use which make it during the election campaign," he joked Sarkozy, flanked on stage by Maurice Levy, CEO of Publicis Group and organizer of the event. "It 's a mistake. You are the future, and we are the present governments. We must learn to talk and deal." The first "eG8" was imagined as a great forum to exchange views and analysis.

Will be attended by top executives from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Wikipedia and others. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, will conclude the summit tomorrow evening. The owner of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, will speak this afternoon instead. Also tomorrow we will return to discuss new technologies and information.

The President of the Espresso Group, Carlo De Benedetti, was asked to reflect on the question "Internet kills or raise the press?" along with other publishers such as Arthur Sulzberger (The New York Times), Robert Thomson (The Wall Street Journal), Robert Shrimsley (The Financial Times), Aaron Purie (India Today).

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