Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Access to the Internet must become a fundamental right"

"[When I first proposed holding a summit Internet players] some told me, 'they'll believe you want to control them'. It makes no sense, but I think it's important for you to be heard. It is not necessary that everything be preordained, there should be a bit of life too. "In his speech opening the e-G8, Nicolas Sarkozy promised to listen to the message that the participants - mainly Web business representatives - would have to say.

However, everything seems a foregone conclusion, warns a group of associations that improvised Wednesday, May 25 against each discussion and launched an online petition. The main cause of their anger the revelation by the New York Timesde the existence of a document of the summit conclusions drawn even before it begins.

According to the U.S. daily, the text, which should be formally presented Wednesday night, calls on G8 to adopt measures strict cons online child pornography and illegal downloading, while supporting an "open" Internet, whose development would be the prerogative of the private sector and not states.

DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS In addition to this feeling that everything is played for advance, participants in the debate have also criticized the overrepresentation of large companies to e-G8, to the detriment of civil society. "President Sarkozy has not addressed those responsible for large companies, telling them: 'you are online, and you have responsibilities," laments Zimmermann, spokesman of the group La Quadrature du Net.

"Bringing the largest companies and ask them what will be the future of the Internet does not seem very French," laments also Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Harvard and a specialist in copyright, which is concerned about the consequences for this choice: "In the U.S. we have almost no connection to high speed, because the only people the government has listened, were business managers." "Not a word was said about those who suffer because of the Internet, bloggers who are in prison simply because they used the Internet", is concerned about his side of the organization freedom expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

"If we make one recommendation to the G8, to include the right to access the Internet from fundamental rights. Before considering regulating to protect copyright, it must ensure that people have free access to the Internet, "says Jean-Francois Juliard, general secretary of RSF. A Nicolas Sarkozy, who said Tuesday that IP is listed in the Declaration of Human Rights, RSF opposes Article 19 of that declaration, which stipulates that everyone has the right "to seek, receive and impart , regardless of frontiers, information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers ".

But today, the freedom to connect is a preamble that freedom of expression, says academic Jeff Jarvis, who was arrested Tuesday Nicolas Sarkozy asking him to take the oath of Hippocrates vis-à-vis of Internet: "First, do no harm." If the conclusion is shared by most members of many associations and civil society, the method to achieve this remains unclear.

"Governments have the force of law, and companies have the" kill switch "button (which cuts a service), summarizes, fatalistic, Jeff Jarvis.

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