Pan-european activism for patching a « pirated » law
La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) is a citizen group informing about legislative projects menacing civil liberties as well as economic and social development in the digital age. Supported by international NGOs (EFF, OSI, ORG, Internautas, Netzwerk Freies Wissen, April, etc.), it aims at providing infrastructure for pan-European activism about such topics as network neutrality, privacy, « graduated response », etc.
From May to September 24th 2007, a campaign was setup to raise elected representatives’, journalists’ and public’s awareness into the legislative hijack, by the content industries, of the European network regulation law (« Telecoms Package »). A strong mobilization around serious bits of analysis, and proper community tools helped to really influence things.
La Quadrature du Net was built with the aim of bridging gaps between concerned NGOs across different European countries, providing analysis, pointers, tools and methods allowing everyone to participate on those key issues.
Many good solutions were brought into the text, cleaning the most disturbing parts of it (yet leaving some problematic bits), by constructing dialogues with concerned members of European Parliament (MEPs), producing legal and political analysis, and helping European citizens to participate.