[EURO-Discuss] EURALO Hot Topics - forwarded email from Jean-Jacques Subrenat, about Macron's speech at the IGF

Oksana Prykhodko sana.pryhod at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 02:42:38 UTC 2019

Dear all,

I am travelling to Berlin and can't participate in today's call.

Best regards,

On Tue, 19 Feb 2019, 03:24 Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> an action item from our January EURALO call was:
> Olivier Crepin-Leblond
> <https://community.icann.org/display/~olivier.crepin-leblond> to forward
> Jean Jacques Subrenat's summary of Macron's speech at the IGF to the EURALO
> mailing list.
> With apologies for having dropped this and not forwarded it earlier,
> please be so kind to find Jean-Jacques' summary in the forwarded message
> below. This is to be discussed further, with regards to the EURALO Hot
> Topics.
> Kindest regards,
> Olivier
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: Re: Action Item on EURALO monthly call December 2018
> Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2019 19:14:49 +0100
> From: Jean-Jacques Subrenat <jjs at dyalog.net> <jjs at dyalog.net>
> To: Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com> <ocl at gih.com>
> CC: silvia Vivanco <silvia.vivanco at icann.org> <silvia.vivanco at icann.org>
> Dear Olivier,
> Dear Silvia,
> here’s a brief résumé about President Macron’s speech at the IGF-2018 in
> Paris. If you wish, I could present the topic orally in the second half of
> our conference call later today, because a discussion would be warranted.
> If E. Macron’s speech gave rise to some concerns, these were heard mainly
> on the side of large corporations, say in the USA, who reacted to the use
> of the R word, largely banished from their vocabulary. For some, Regulation
> is the beginning of Communism. From the standpoint of the global Internet
> user, I would point out the following features:
> - Threats to the Internet and its users:
>   - Structural: the single, unique Internet is under the risk of breaking
> up into national segments or continental ‘’plates’'
>   - Cybercrime is a direct threat to physical security of the Internet,
> and to the continued availability of public services.
> - The global Internet now needs ‘’decisive, but lucid action’’ in order to
> preserve or protect
>   - ideals, values
>   - net neutrality
> - It is a falsehood to describe net neutrality as leading to the end of
> free thought. One must distinguish between neutrality and universality.
> - In light of the above, it is time for us all to ‘’build a new space'',
> with
>   - ‘’an open and safe Internet’'
>   - with adequate respect for ideals and values
> - In order to preserve the Internet and global users against these
> dangers, it has become necessary to set up some degree or regulation:
>   - because governments espouse different values: some democratic, others
> far less so
>   - France was the first signatory of the ‘’Contract to Save the
> Internet’’ initiated by Tim Berners-Lee, with a view to protecting democracy
>   - It has become necessary to reach beyond the misleading alternative of
> ‘’complete self-regulation, or deregulation’’, and ‘’a segmented Internet
> controlled by authoritarian states’'
>   - Therefore, E. Macron is calling for a ‘’cooperative regulation’’, in
> the spirit of the growing movement towards sharing commons
> - France, following Switzerland, will contribute to the implementation of
> such a ‘’cooperative regulatory’’ movement, as of 2019, on 3 main issues:
>   1) Protect private data (enhance protection through some regulatory
> mechanism), along the EU model
>   2) Ensure and enhance trust, stability and security in cyberspace;
> France supports the ‘’Paris Appeal for Trust and Security in Cyberspace’'
>   3) Preserve potential for creativity, invention and economic development
> - In mid-2019, France will invite to Paris an international ‘’scientific
> council'’ on AI
> - Conclusion, a quote from the late Kofi Annan: ‘’To cope with Internet in
> our lives, we need to be at least as creative as those who invented it.’’
> (All the above passage were translated into English by yours truly)
> Link to the original as published:
> https://www.elysee.fr/emmanuel-macron/2018/11/13/discours-du-president-de-la-republique-emmanuel-macron-lors-du-forum-sur-la-gouvernance-de-linternet-a-lunesco
> Best regards,
> Jean-Jacques.
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