Why did we get the GDPR? Find out in my book The Closing of the Net - PAPERBACK OR KINDLE - £15.99!

'Paris in the Spring' gains a new and unromantic meaning as President Sarkozy plots Internet blocking discussions with other G8 heads of government. 

 

France's President Sarkozy, in Washington for  talks this week with Barack Obama, has said he wants to put an extra item on the agenda of the next G8 economic talks,  which he will host  in Paris this Spring.  That extra item is the Internet, and the meeting is being dubbed the ‘G8 du Web'.  

 

The idea is to have private,

high-level,  inter-governmental talks, in an attempt to work out a global strategy for Internet regulation.  

 

Sources close to the Elysee Palace appear to have gone out of their way to stress that Sarkozy is only talking about ‘regulation' of the Internet, and not about blocking it. But the two examples which are being put on the agenda  for discusssion - terrorism and pedophilia - will of course automatically generate discussions about blocking.

 

According to an AFP report , Sarkozy wants his G8 colleagues to reflect on issues concerning regulation of the Internet and the World Wide Web, such as:

"How should we regulate the Internet, how should we respond to the problem of terrorism, of pedophilia, and subjects such as the right to be forgotten?"


 

The AFP report quotes sources at the Elysee Palace as saying:

"It's not about curbing the liberty of the Internet, the conditions for its development,... it is on the contrary to see how one can regulate this virtual city without denying the opportunity of the Internet".

 

However, it's also reported in the French media (PC Inpact ) that the discussions will encompass intellectual property.

Flattr this 

The G8 du Web  conference will take place at Deauville, Paris, on 26-27 May.

 

 

This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial-Share Alike 2.5 UK:England and Wales License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ It may be used for non-commercial purposes only, and the author's name should be attributed. The correct attribution for this article is: Monica Horten (2011) Sarkozy wants  Internet  (blocking)  talks at G8    http://www.iptegrity.com 12 January 2011
dr.monica.horten.moldova.ict.summit.april2016.crop.jpg

 

States v the 'Net? 

Read The Closing of the Net, by me, Monica Horten.

"original and valuable"  Times higher Education

" essential read for anyone interested in understanding the forces at play behind the web." ITSecurity.co.uk

Find out more about the book here  The Closing of the Net

PAPERBACK /KINDLE

FROM £15.99

Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.

Don't miss Iptegrity! Iptegrity.com  RSS/ Bookmark      

Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. She is  a trainer & consultant on Internet governance policy, published author& Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science. She served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee on  Internet freedom. She has worked on CoE, EU and UNDP funded projects in eastern Europe and beyond.  She was shortlisted for The Guardian Open Internet Poll 2012. Iptegrity  offers expert insights into Internet policy (and now Brexit). Iptegrity has a core readership in the Brussels policy community, and has been cited in the media. Please acknowledge Iptegrity when you cite or link.  For more, see IP politics with integrity

Iptegrity.com is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

Contact  me to use  iptegrity content for commercial purposes

The politics of copyright

A Copyright Masquerade - How corporate lobbying threatens online freedoms

'timely and provocative' Entertainment Law Review