[ArsTechnica] France attempts to “civilize” the Internet; Internet fights back
For some time, French Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy has talked about his dream of a “civilized” Internet, but this dream has long been a nightmare for those who worry that “civilization” is really a code for “regulations favorable to big business and the national security state.” […]
The French Internet activists at La Quadrature du Net have been even tougher. Governments “have entered an alliance with some of these companies, united in the fear of the new capabilities afforded to individuals by the Internet and computers,” said spokesperson Jérémie Zimmermann.
So when Sarkozy took the stage of the e-G8 this morning, suspicions about his true motives were already rampant. And he did little to dispel them. […]