Who are we?
What is La Quadrature?
La Quadrature du Net is a non-profit association that defends the rights and freedom of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislation to the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge. As such, La Quadrature du Net engages in public-policy debates concerning, for instance, freedom of expression, copyright, regulation of telecommunications and online privacy.
In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through the dissemination of specific and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizen participation in public debates on rights and freedom in the digital age.
The “Strategic Directions Council”
The “Directions Council”, responsible for making strategic decisions, is composed of 9 members, mostly founders of La Quadrature du Net:
- Philippe Aigrain, president of the association, and CEO of a free software company. He has authored Sharing: Culture and the Economy in the Internet Age.
- Benjamin Bayart, president of French Data Network, a French non-profit organisation which provides the same services as an ISP.
- Jean Cattan, holds a Ph.D. in Public Law and has participated in La Quadrature's legal reflections and actions for a long time already.
- Laurent Chemla is the founder of GANDI, a domain name registrar and cloud hosting company. He was also one of the pioneers in the defence of digital freedoms and today runs a couple of projects to increase user independence.
- Lionel Maurel, curator of the Library of Contemporary International Documentation (BDIC) and co-founder of the Savoirs Com1 initiative.
- Benjamin Sonntag, treasurer of the association, engineer, CEO of a Linux hosting and Internet operator company, and free software developer.
- Félix Tréguer, secretary of the association, doctoral student specialised the issues of freedom of expression online.
- Laurence Vandewalle, political advisor to the European Parliament for 13 years with extensive experience of digital policies, software patents and copyright reform.
- Jérémie Zimmermann, formerly full-time spokesperson for the association, and engineer consultant specialized in co-operative free/libre technology.
Although Gérald Sédrati-Dinet was a founding member of La Quadrature du Net, he did not wish to take part on this Council.
They are assisted by:
- Adrienne Charmet-Alix and Yoann Spicher, in charge of campaigning and communication,
- Miriam Artino, in charge of legal and political analysis,
- Thomas Bouchet, in charge of maintenance and development of tools,
- Marie Walrafen, in charge of administration and coordination.
The collective is composed of many citizens, nationals of various countries, who contribute to the advancement of the actions and ideas of La Quadrature du Net.
La Quadrature du Net exists thanks to a great number of individual donations. They represent more than half of our funding and ensure our independence. The actions of volunteers have an even higher value.
For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions.