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French President Nicolas Sarkozy sparked fury among internet rights groups after he called for increased state internet control at last month's e-G8 forum.
However critics who were watching the two-day conference on the future of the internet, which preceded the official G8, argued that this was just another way for more government interference.
A joint statement from rights groups La Quadrature du Net and Access Now said: "The world's most developed economies are poised to impose strict copyright enforcement and heavy-handed government regulation of the internet.
[...] This past week, the official communiqué released by the summit of the Gang of Eight industrial nations, or G8, hailed the importance of the Internet to the world's citizens in the 21st century ahead
I spoke with Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson for citizen advocacy group LaQuadrature du Net. For many Internet users, this interview should be by turns illuminating and provocative. "Everywhere you look, you see governments attacking the Internet," said Zimmerman.
If an open Internet is the basis for democracy flourishing around the world, billions of people will be counting upon them to be up to the challenge.
There’s been a lot of talk on copyright and Internet regulation at the G8 summit in France.
“The declaration reflects an absolutely conservative position that intellectual property rights should be protected according to the existing conventions,” said Medvedev.
“No one questions that, but I have repeatedly stated that, unfortunately, those conventions were written 50 or almost 100 years ago, and they are unable to regulate the whole complex of relations between the copyright owner and users.”
[...] the rapprochement with political leaders has angered some advocates of an open Internet, who say it is counterproductive and futile to extend rules and principles governing traditional media into the digital sphere. [...]
At the Paris gathering, the split between Internet companies and groups saying they represented “civil society” in the digital world grew clearer. The latter complained of being underrepresented.
“It’s surprising to come to France and find something so deeply American going on,” said Mr. Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, as he sat in front of a wall covered with the logos of the corporate sponsors of the E-G8. “I don’t remember the French philosopher who said, ‘Let’s ask the businesses that are to be regulated what the regulations ought to be.”’
At the the inaugural eG8 Forum, President Nicolas Sarkozy would deliver a grand speech extolling the virtues of the Internet while cautioning against its excesses, making a case to the world that the dynamism of the online world should be civilized to respect privacy, security and intellectual property rights.
In an impromptu press conference held on the ground of the eG8 Forum, Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, Jarvis, Lessig, Benkler, former ICANN board member Susan P. Crawford, and Jean-François Julliard, director of Reporter Sans Frontières, all made it clear that there was not a consensus about the principles or rules of the road for the Internet.
Benkler was baffled that opposition to the open model of innovation persists after 15 years, as if "we've learned nothing," calling the assumptions made on the intellectual property panel on the first day of the eG8 laughable. "Whether liberty, equality or fraternity, we all have to be on the same page about retaining an open Net," he said.
The same old ideological apple cart dominated the eG8 Summit […]
government versus individuals, radicals versus corporations, corporations versus corporations, repression versus freedom, statism versus capitalism. It looks new because the technology is new, but the arguments are as familiar and predictable as the dialogue during a third viewing of a favourite Seinfeld rerun.
In Paris, the eG8 was put on by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in an apparent attempt to put the G8 Summit on the Internet map. A Who’s Who of tech giant CEOs […] appeared along with a bevy of U.S. net neutrality activists and stand-up intellectuals […]
One result of the eG8 is a final G8 communiqué issued Friday that contained a whopping 1,300 words on the Internet issue alone, more than 10% of a document that otherwise deals with the world economy, world peace, earthquakes, climate change, nuclear safety, innovation and biodiversity.
The communiqué’s Internet clauses were immediately dismissed by France’s modern version of student revolutionaries, a group called La Quadrature du Net, whose slogan is “Defend a Free Internet.” In a statement, Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of La Quadrature, said:
This whole episode has shown that there is not much to expect from these few governments who lend their ears to special interests. G8 governments shun the historic responsibility of recognizing the necessary conditions for the Internet to be truly open. They fail to even consider proposing a reform of copyright, abstain from committing to Net neutrality or from protecting users of the malpractices of online businesses. […]
PARIS: French President Nicolas Sarkozy's "e-G 8" summit on the power of the internet suffered a technical hiccup when cyber-attacks disrupted the forum's wireless connection, organisers said on Wednesday. […]
Web freedom campaign group La Quadrature du Net rejected rumours […] "That shows that some people are ill at ease with our presence at the e-G 8," Jeremie Zimmermann , head of the group, which has fiercely criticised the stance of major delegates on online regulation, said. […]
[...] Paris rolled out the red carpet for the titans of Silicon Valley [...] to introduce France’s latest contribution to global summitry, the “e-G8”.
And as the tent steamed up under the sun and the batteries on guests’ iPhones drained, the enthusiasm for the e-G8 waned. Old arguments about protecting copyright online were reheated but remained unresolved.
Resigned, perhaps, to the downside of greater government involvement in their industry, one borrowed phrase captured best the forum’s hopes: “Do no harm.”
“We should insist on minimalism,” said Lawrence Lessig, Harvard law professor. “The future of the internet is not here, it was not invited ... The least we can do is preserve the architecture of this network that protects this future that is not here.”
It was probably inevitable that when Nicolas Sarkozy invited the leaders of the world’s biggest technology companies and high representatives of Silicon Valley to Paris to mull over the future of the internet, a culture war would break out.
At the other end were activists and open source advocates such as John Perry Barlow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Yochai Benkler, a Harvard law professor, warning governments to back off. The internet was not broken now, they said, but efforts to protect publishers, film and music companies could break it.
[...] There were good reasons for the invention of copyright in the 18th century that are not obviated by the 20th century invention of the internet.
Improvised press conference of the civil society during the e-G8 Forum in Paris led by Jérémie Zimmermann (porte-parole de La Quadrature du Net) and with Jeff Jarvis (Professor in Journalism at City University New York) ; Lawrence Lessig (Professor at HArvard Law School, founder of Creative Commons) ; Susan P. Crawford (former ICANN member) ; Jean-François Julliard (directeur de Reporter Sans Frontières) ; Yochai Benkler (co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet).