Paris, May 17th, 2011 – Next week, Nicolas Sarkozy will be convening the “eG8 forum”, just two days ahead of a G8 summit that will focus on Internet policy. Disguised as a pseudo-consultative process, this staged show could mask the actual will of governments to increase state control over the Internet. Beyond the smokescreen of the “forum”, citizens must hold world leaders accountable for their actions, and denounce the numerous ongoing attempts at undermining our freedoms online.
La Quadrature du Net, along with several artist and citizen organizations, calls on everyone to participate in creative action at http://g8internet.com.
One of the biggest advertising agencies in the world, Publicis, has been appointed by Nicolas Sarkozy to organize the “eG8 forum”, which will gather an impressive cast of business actors to discuss the future of the Internet economy. In fact, Sarkozy has stated for months his intention to use his presidency of the G8 to impose his concept of a “civilized Internet”.
This notion, borrowed from the Chinese government, is in line with Sarkozy’s record on Internet policy
Recent events worldwide suggest that such an approach is gaining momentum internationally. The Internet black-out in Egypt, the US government’s reaction to WikiLeaks
“In spite of a harmless-sounding rhetoric, the ‘eG8 forum’ is a smokescreen to cover the increased control of governments over the Internet. It is a crucial moment in history when citizens have to mobilize to remain in control of an open and universal Internet. Attempts to turn the Net into a tool of repression and control must be opposed through every available mean of expression and creation.” concludes Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.