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March 15, 2014 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on March 15, 2014.

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FYIFrance : the French re. the Internet


I t is important, I believe, for the Internet to know what France is thinking, nowadays, about the Internet. In the wake of recent whistleblower-revelations, and NSA-headlines, and the bugging-of-prime-ministerial-mobile-phones, there has been a worldwide reaction against the supposed "open-ness" and "freedoms" which the online digital world recently has been creating: "Not-so!", and, "The emperor is naked!", have been just two of the less-subtle responses...

The specifically-European reactions have been firm, as well, but more nuanced. And among Europeans the French have been most-nuanced of all, as they tend to be. And the French are closest, in culture and traditions, to the US where most of the Internet so far has been created -- certainly the French are close to the US among non-anglophone nations, and certainly compared to the many millions in East and South Asia and elsewhere -- Srinagar & Astana, Brazzaville & Quito, Yogyakarta, Navi Mumbai, Lagos, São Paulo -- who all rely upon online-digital, now, as their daily information fare.

So it will be A Good Thing if US digital-developers, going forward, pay some attention to what the French are asking and, this very month, are trying to do -- about Assange and Snowden and The NSA and Mrs. Merkel's Mobile -- their enormous anxieties and efforts involved may sound strange and futile, viewed by insiders in Silicon Valley or from Inside the Beltway -- but the French here are The Customer, talking, out there in the entire Outside World, the "foreigners"(!), which rapidly is becoming the largest factor in our online digital universe -- so those who would sell, and offer library and other services, and do politics with or against, and otherwise-operate, online, & prevent war & promote peace & save the planet, would do well to read and heed...

Herewith, then, the program of a conference held in Paris on March 10 -- translated and "["annotated"]", a bit, by me -- it shows the preconceived notions & preoccupations & issues, in France & elsewhere, going forward, also perhaps a few of the emerging Principal-Actors and Effective-Decision-Makers, Movers 'n Shakers, in Paris now, in all this --




FGI 2014

Lancement du Forum de la Gouvernance Internet /
Launch of a Forum for Internet Governance, France


Program for March 10, 2014

8h30 - 9h00 : Coffee

9h00 - 11h00 Plenary welcoming session in the hémicycle :

"The international questions of Internet governance"

Internet governance has passed, within a few months, to the highest priority in international relations, and the year 2014 will offer many related events: among these the Conférence NetMundial at São Paulo, the ICANN meetings at Singapore, London and Los Angeles, EuroDIG at Berlin, the Forum sur la gouvernance Internet (FGI) / Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at Istanbul, and the quadrennial conference of the Union Internationale des Télécommunications (UIT) / International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Korea.

Numerous international negotiations will be under way as well, among which the project for European regulation for data protection. What are the main ideas? How is France to be involved in all this, and what vision ought to be presented by her representatives who attend?

Presenters :

11h00 - 11h15 Break

11h15 - 12h45 : Workshops




12h45 - 14h30 : Lunch and Ouebbe-working [:-)...]

14h30 - 16h00 : Workshops running in-parallel




16h30 -- 18h00 : Plenary Session #2

Plenary 2 : What coordination among the French players?

Numerous actors -- nation-state organisms, professional associations, citizen groups -- follow these issues daily, are directly concerned with these subjects and reflect upon them.

This session will be the occasion to present, briefly, their activities and their work, and to explore how to facilitate common efforts, coordination, and cooperation among them in these areas.


18h00 : Conclusion by the President of the CESE, Jean-Paul Delevoye --


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And now, a Note:

Not a poet or a painter, a sculptor or a musician, among the bunch in-attendance much less presenting, at that hitech confab in Paris March 10... For one fine example of how a literary artiste can deal better with a scientific event than scientists and technologists can, see "Elegy for a Country's Seasons", by Zadie Smith, in the current April 3 NY Review --

-- artists should attend more "science" shows, we need their deeper-insights...

For example, "How to manage social and economic transformations born from innovation services?", the French ask... It strikes me that this question may be chicken <=> egg: "social & economic transformations" create "innovation" at least as much as "innovation" creates those "transformations" -- this always has been the case, viz. the famous foundation-story of "ARPA & The Internet",

-- in only the truism's latest incarnation, it has been true throughout human history -- and it is one claim the social & economic, and the political & legal, have upon the innovators, that, "we created you guys" -- and that is the "ICANN & IGF Internet-control debate" now under way, searching for its next incarnation.

The Internet has been developed by a great many very talented people; but as one perceptive US politician puts it bluntly,

-- as a young girl Warren worked as a waitress in a restaurant, to help support her family and widowed mother -- later she taught Bankruptcy as a professor at Harvard Law School -- she has a keen and well-informed perception of how these things work, even in these here wonderfully-capitalist USofA -- the US is no stranger to the pressures felt here by the French and others.

I post here the questions, which the French are asking about these things, because I believe there are no answers... only better questions... per Kuhn... Hegel... Socrates... others...

And certainly there are no answers which will suit everyone: every Bangladeshi villager, Srinigar elder, Brooklyn Heights sophisticate, angry Scot, angry or happy Rastafarian, all of whom now use mobiles & The Internet & the full panoply of online digital information -- whenever a day arrives when "one size fits all", in all of this, as some avidly have dreamed, the world will have become an impoverished and authoritarian place. There will and always must be many answers.

It seems clear, as well, that the USA recently has somewhat-lost its Mandate-of-Heaven, in these trans-national arenas... what with our Iraq "war", its no-show "weapons of mass destruction", our drones-over-Waziristan, and finally & still Guantanamó -- all of which greatly-discourage our overseas friends -- and now the revelations of our government's secret incursions into their and our own civil liberties, very definitely such as our "Mrs.-Merkel's-Mobile" gaffe, well, we in the US need to earn some of our street-cred back, it seems...

So listen, at least, to the questions of the French. They are very like us, in-here in the US & general anglophone world, more alike than others Outside are, anyway. And the French do ask good questions.


Jack Kessler,



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