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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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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 --
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?
11h00 - 11h15 Break
11h15 - 12h45 : Workshops
A foundational element of the technical architecture of the Internet, net-neutrality is subject to tensions:
-- management of traffic to ensure quality-of-service for voice or video, debates between content-providers and operators over the financing of infrastructure, preferential treatment of mobile operators and online services.
Some propose to endow net-neutrality with legal validity, to make it something more than just a technical principle.
What is the right balance? What is the scope, of this principle?
Moderated by Gérard Dantec, the President of the Internet Society of France, the workshop, Workshop #1 Net Neutrality, will feature, among others :
The revelations about the practices of surveillance question, deeply, our notions of sovereignty and of confidential communication in this digital era. A number of governments envisage a localization, on their own geographic territories, of data regarding their own citizens. Is this technically viable?
What are the foreseeable consequences, notably for data-protection and for innovation? Should we give priority to the regulation of data-access?
Moderator Jean-Christophe Le Toquin is an expert on information governance.
And featuring :
Cyberspace is not a Garden of Eden. As in the Physical World, crimes and delicts are committed out there. This commons-space is among other things a place of contests-of-strength among nation-states. How to establish a climate of confidence? What cooperation now exists, or would be wished, among the different players?
12h45 - 14h30 : Lunch and Ouebbe-working [:-)...]
14h30 - 16h00 : Workshops running in-parallel
A critical mass of data -- posted by users (texts, images, videos), generated by their activities (geolocation, behavior), produced by objects connected with them or by public authorities -- now may be analyzed thanks to the advances of Big Data. How to maximize the social and economic benefits of this revolution? What protections are there for avoiding abuses?
Moderator : Mehdi Benchoufi, Président du Club Jade --
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Club_Jade [?][:-)] -- nope, so much for data-mining aka not-a-nugget... instead please see --
[Please see my concluding Note, on this & other topics, below.]
The Digital Revolution is more rapid than the Industrial, and it upsets economic and social structures, creating uncertainties for the establishment. Innovative applications demanded by the users often are a challenge for existing regulatory bodies. How to reconcile the encouragement of innovation with the reasonable control of tensions which can result?
Moderator: Godefroy Jordan, administrator of Renaissance Numérique, fondateur and CEO of Starting Dot --
[Warning: please note carefully -- my iPhone, or maybe it's Chrome or Google, warns "hacked!", at the following site -- altho, in these digital-days, that warning itself may be the hack :-( -- I hope trans-national control of the Internet now will make this particular problem better, and not worse, and without throwing out the online digital baby with its albeit-filtering-&-sanitizing new bathwater] --
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.
See also: more background, & latest news(!) --
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,
"There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there -- good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
-- Elizabeth Warren, currently Senior US Senator from Massachusetts
-- 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, email@example.com
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