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24th – 25th May 2011 Paris, France Hosted by French Republic President, Nicolas Sarkozy Delegates included members of the digital ecosystem
The importance of the role that the Internet now plays in our personal as well as our professional lives, and the opportunities but also the challenges that the network represents for our societies, our economies and our cultures, have led me to propose that the topic be included on the agenda of the summit of Heads of State and governments that will take place in Deauville on May 26 and 27. - Nicolas Sarkozy President, The French Republic
In case you missed it...
e-G8 was Sarkozy's initiative to bring together major Internet stakeholders and members of the digital ecosystem to discuss issues pertaining to the Internet
The conclusion to these discussions would be presented to the G8 by a delegation from the conference
President Sarkozy had asked that the Internet be discussed as an agenda at the G8
The Internet and Economic Growth The Internet and Society Future Net: What’s Next? Intellectual Property in the Digital Age Fostering Innovation Digital Transformation
How will the Internet contribute to the creation of more wealth, more jobs, more freedom? How can we go further? How, too, can we be even more respectful of the rights of others – their intellectual creations and their private lives? How can we ensure a proper balance in value sharing? How can we be both free of constraint and responsible? - Maurice Lévy Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe
He extolled the virtues of the Internet – Open, Participative and Free
He cautioned against its excesses
His case to the world: The dynamism of the online world should be civilized to respect privacy, security and intellectual property rights.
“The universe you represent is not a parallel universe. Nobody should forget that governments are the only legitimate representatives of the will of the people in our democracies. To forget this is to risk democratic chaos and anarchy.” - Nicolas Sarkozy President, The French Republic
“The Internet is the new frontier, a territory to conquer.” - Sarkozy. And I am in Paris to stop him. #eG8 - John Perry Barlow (@JPBarlow) Founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation
"Technology will move faster than governments, so don't legislate before you understand the consequences...nobody who is a delegate here would want Internet growth to be slowed by some stupid rule." - Eric Schmidt Executive Chairman, Google
At #eG8, government acts as if it should protect us from the Internet. Instead, the Internet needs protection from government. - Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) Associate Professor, City University of New York
#eG8 Value of Internet is not just efficiency but transparency – a much better regulator than government could ever be. - Esther Dyson (@edyson) Digital Technology Journalist
So what does e-commerce have to do with it?
“Given the amount of e-commerce taking place online, some degree of regulation makes sense.” - Christine Lagarde French Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry “To gain the full economic benefits of the Internet, governments must allow some degree of openness.” - Hillary Clinton US Secretary of State
Civil Society Response
Expanding Internet access for all Combating digital censorship and surveillance Limiting online intermediary liability Upholding principles of net neutrality
Civil Society Response
“All action taken against illicit activity on the network must be aimed at those directly responsible for such activities, and not at the means of access and transport, always upholding the fundamental principles of freedom, privacy and the respect for human rights.” - Principles for the Governance and Use of the Internet Brazilian Government
Internet Bill of Rights
“The very architecture of the Internet is its best protection” - Jeff Jarvis Associate Professor, City University of New York
Right to connect Protection of free speech Right to act Right to assemble
e-G8 delegation to the G8
Maurice Lévy, the Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe and Chairman of the e-G8
Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Rakuten Yuri Milner, CEO of Digital Sky Technologies Stéphane Richard, CEO of France Telecom-Orange Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook.
e-G8 delegation emphasis
Internet is a powerful vector of individual fulfillment, free expression and personal development
Internet is a positive force for change, capable of renewing the way in which groups and organizations cooperate and act
The Internet is also a strong economic locomotive, creating wealth and jobs
e-G8 delegation emphasis
Invited the G8 leaders to ensure proactive policies regarding investment in order to guarantee all citizens access to an Internet that is free, rapid and safe.
The exponential growth in the flow of information, and the increasing interconnection of networks
Called for action by public authorities to ensure the stability, security and development of the physical infrastructure without which the Internet could not exist.
G8 Response The openness, transparency and freedom of the Internet have been key to its development and success. These principles, together with those of nondiscrimination and fair competition, must continue to be an essential force behind its development.
Freedom of opinion, expression, information, assembly and association must be safeguarded on the Internet as elsewhere. Arbitrary or indiscriminate censorship or restrictions on access to the Internet are inconsistent with States’ international obligations and are clearly unacceptable. Furthermore, they impede economic and social growth
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