Tuesday, May 24, 2011

e-G8: the concerns of civil society

"Do no harm", or French, "First, do no harm": the American academic and journalist Jeff Jarvis, one of the few civil society representatives participating in panel discussions of e-G8, arrested Nicolas Sarkozy asked him to take the oath of Hippocrates to the Internet. For two days, 1,500 guests, mostly from the world of Web companies have been invited to participate in a series of debates on "Internet issue", in the words of Maurice Levy (Publicis), the organizer event desired by the President of the Republic.

After two days of discussion, a common message must be sent to heads of states and governments gathered at the G8 in Deauville. That message, says Jeff Jarvis, should be "first, do no harm": "Internet has no government, but states see it as the next frontier." It is therefore important not legislate too fast, and do not make decisions harmful to the future of the network.

"Why would you think you interfere?" Replied Nicolas Sarkozy. "You represent a tremendous growth potential. But is that evoke the issue of security against terrorism is hurting you? Is that creation must be respected, it hurt you? "If Nicolas Sarkozy spoke in his address several major points of cleavage between governments, businesses and citizens - the fight against child pornography or terrorism, protection of privacy, copyright, censorship - these issues "that upset" will not all be discussed at the summit, only the issue of intellectual property will be debated in plenary meeting.

THE CNIL NOT INVITED protection of privacy, as presented by the Central President of the Republic in his speech to entrepreneurs - "Do not let the revolution you started undermine the basic rights of individuals to privacy and to full autonomy "- is absent from the discussions. In a statement, the National Commission on Informatics and Liberties (CNIL) deplored" the absence of any controller of personal data and privacy as well as associations liberties or consumers even though this topic be included in the program of the event.

CNIL, which no representative has been invited to e-G8, pretends to ask: "At this event where everything is bought, how much protection of privacy? Apparently not much! " Entirely funded by twelve private and public sponsors, the summit, whose budget is estimated at three million, leaving an important place in the round tables to CEOs of companies that have co-financed.

This is one of the problems that advanced the group La Quadrature du Net, who sees his part in the e-G8 a "smokescreen" and collusion between big companies and governments. "Governments appear to have given up to protect citizens' rights against companies engaging in harmful activities.

They have entered into an alliance with some of these companies, alarmed by the new possibilities offered to individuals over the Internet and computing. L e-G8 is a scene where a government disconnected from the Internet civilization hopes appear in step with it by being in the company of some leading economic sector ", asserts Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net .

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