e ➤ G8 ForumInternet Regulation or Net Freedom?
Background 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 nowplays in our personal as well as our professionallives, and the opportunities but also thechallenges that the network represents for oursocieties, our economies and our cultures, haveled me to propose that the topic be included onthe agenda of the summit of Heads of State andgovernments that will take place in Deauville onMay 26 and 27. - Nicolas Sarkozy President, The French Republic
In case you missed it... e-G8 was Sarkozys initiative to bring together majorInternet stakeholders and members of the digitalecosystem to discuss issues pertaining to the Internet The conclusion to these discussions would bepresented to the G8 by a delegation from theconference President Sarkozy had asked that the Internet bediscussed as an agenda at the G8
Forum Agenda 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 thecreation of more wealth, more jobs, morefreedom? How can we go further? How, too,can we be even more respectful of the rights ofothers – their intellectual creations and theirprivate lives? How can we ensure a properbalance in value sharing? How can we be bothfree of constraint and responsible? - Maurice Lévy Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe
Sarkozys RemarksHe extolled the virtues of the Internet – Open,Participative and Free He cautioned against its excesses His case to the world: The dynamism of the onlineworld should be civilized to respect privacy, securityand intellectual property rights.
“The universe you represent is not a paralleluniverse. Nobody should forget thatgovernments are the only legitimaterepresentatives of the will of the people in ourdemocracies. To forget this is to riskdemocratic chaos and anarchy.” - Nicolas Sarkozy President, The French Republic
“The Internet is the new frontier, a territory toconquer.” - Sarkozy. And I am in Paris to stophim. #eG8 - John Perry Barlow (@JPBarlow) Founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation
"Technology will move faster thangovernments, so dont legislate before youunderstand the consequences...nobody who isa delegate here would want Internet growth tobe slowed by some stupid rule." - Eric Schmidt Executive Chairman, Google
At #eG8, government acts as if it should protectus from the Internet. Instead, the Internet needsprotection from government. - Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis)Associate Professor, City University of New York
#eG8 Value of Internet is not just efficiency buttransparency – a much better regulator thangovernment 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 placeonline, 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 networkmust be aimed at those directly responsible for suchactivities, and not at the means of access and transport,always upholding the fundamental principles offreedom, 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 bestprotection” - 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 Groupeand 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 ofrenewing the way in which groups and organizationscooperate 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 policiesregarding investment in order to guarantee all citizensaccess 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 thestability, security and development of the physicalinfrastructure without which the Internet could notexist.
G8 Response The openness, transparency and freedom of theInternet have been key to its development and success.These principles, together with those of non-discrimination and fair competition, must continue tobe an essential force behind its development. Freedom of opinion, expression, information,assembly and association must be safeguarded on theInternet as elsewhere. Arbitrary or indiscriminatecensorship or restrictions on access to the Internet areinconsistent with States’ international obligations andare clearly unacceptable. Furthermore, they impedeeconomic and social growth