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Internet n'a pas à être "civilisé" LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Patrice Lamothe, PDG du moteur de recherche communautaire Pearltrees et Thomas Gomart, directeur du développement stratégique à l'IFRI "Au e-G8, je me sens comme un Indien ou un Africain en train de regarder les puissances coloniales s'armer pour conquérir ma terre".

Internet n'a pas à être "civilisé"

Ce tweet du journaliste américain Jeff Jarvis résume le clivage entre le monde de l'Internet et ceux qui cherchent à le "civiliser", au premier rang duquel figure désormais Nicolas Sarkozy. Opération de communication, l'e-G8 aura eu le mérite de souligner l'importance croissante du numérique, longtemps cantonné en France à un secrétariat d'Etat, de mettre en scène des rapports de domination et surtout de révéler le choc de conception en matière de gouvernance entre les Etats et Internet.

Commande politique financée par des industriels et orchestrée par un groupe publicitaire, l'e-G8 aura finalement traduit une conception étroite du système international. A Hippocratic oath for the internet « BuzzMachine. First, do no harm.

A Hippocratic oath for the internet « BuzzMachine

That is the message I would like to bring to the e-G8 summit on the internet gathered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy this week in Paris. I am apprehensive about a meeting of government and industry that begins with the presumption that they wield authority over the internet, the people’s internet. Cory Doctorow decided not to attend, declaring it a “whitewash” for regimes that are at “war with the free, open net.” Perhaps that’s the right decision.

Given the chance to go, I decided to witness it up close and say what I have to say so at least I can say I said it. An exercise in censorship and control dressed up as a technology summit. Jeremie Zimmermann from La Quadrature du Net sez, The Internet is the place where we meet, speak, create, educate ourselves and organize.

an exercise in censorship and control dressed up as a technology summit

However, as we are at a turning point in early web history, it could either become a prime tool for improving our societies, knowledge and culture, or a totalitarian tool of surveillance and control. After 15 years of fighting the sharing of culture in the name of an obsolete copyright regime, governments of the World are uniting to control and censor the Internet. "The internet is the new frontier..."... Jeff Jarvis veut que le G8... Sarkozy mocked my call. Sean Parker, scourge of record labels, calls the bottom of the music industry. France attempts to "civilize" the Internet; Internet fights back. For some time, French Pres.

France attempts to "civilize" the Internet; Internet fights back

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.” To make his vision a reality, Sarkozy helped to create this week's e-G8 meeting currently underway in the Tuileries Gardens next door to the Louvre—and the critics are fuming.

"I was invited to the e-G8 and declined," said author and activist Cory Doctorow recently. Copyfight: EFF co-founder enters e-G8 "lion's den," rips into lions. "I just arrived at the Tuileries for the #eG8, already a hoot.

Copyfight: EFF co-founder enters e-G8 "lion's den," rips into lions

Unfounded smugness to rival the World Economic Forum. " John Perry Barlow—EFF co-founder, Grateful Dead lyricist, and, improbably, now a rancher—arrived in Paris and began tweeting up a storm from the e-G8 summit gathered there this week to discuss the future of the Internet. After listening to French President Nicolas Sarkozy call repeatedly for Internet regulation and more copyright protection, Barlow added, "You'd have thought from Sarkozy's talk he was addressing a convocation of Anonymous and the Pirate Party. He wasn't. " And then it was his turn to take the stage: "I am about to enter the Lion's Den at #eG8. " Weary giants of flesh and steel Barlow was a late addition to a panel on intellectual property; his name wasn't even included on the schedule. Barlow made the most of his opportunity.

"We do not believe that you can remove 'content' from the Internet, and if you do this, what is there left? Listing image by e-G8. NGOs release joint statement to EG8 Leaders & delegates. 36 NGOs are addressing their concerns about the way the eG8 has been organized and the issues that will be raised in a joint declaration published exclusively on

NGOs release joint statement to EG8 Leaders & delegates

In the wake of the G8 Summit on the Internet, organized in Paris on May 24th and 25th, AccessNow, La Quadrature du Net. Attac, etc want to highlight the importance of online freedoms and the access to Internet and make sure the participants are reminded of their responsibilities towards civil society, especially with regards to the current mideast uprisings. Among these NGOs, only 2 were invited at the Summit (Reporters Without Borders and Electronic Frontier Foundation). In its latest report published mon March 11th, Reporters Without Borders listed France as a country “under surveillance” and according to their barometer, 125 are jailed worldwide because of their online activity. Communiqué Final a fuité... avant la fin... G-8 Leaders to Call for Tighter Internet Regulation.