Sarkozy prioritises internet regulation at G8 summit

Telegraph
24.05.2011
By Emma Barnett

The French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to prioritise the regulation of the internet at this week’s G8 summit, hosting a two-day technology forum prior to the main event.

The e-G8 event begins today and will bring together the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive, Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, and Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive.

Sarkozy is expected to lead conversations around governance of the web, specifically focusing on increased regulation around copyright and privacy.

Last year the French government set up an independent commission in a bid to crack down on web piracy. The move was part of a continued tough stance from the country’s government as it attempts to protect copyright holders’ revenues.

However, Sarkozy is thought to be trying to open up dialogue with technology bosses, having recently acknowledged that the web economy has created 700,000 jobs in France alone over the last 15 years.

“The role of the state is to encourage laws to evolve to take account of the advances of technological innovation,” Sarkozy said last month.

The G8 summit begins on Thursday, during which the conclusions of the eG8 meeting will be presented and debated.

Related:

Twitter and Facebook publication banned for first time in injunction

Obama unveils online ID system under the guise of protecting people

Whatever happened to website-blocking?

Critics slam feds for ‘unprecedented’ domain seizure

UN mulls internet regulation options

End of Nations - EU Takeover and the Lisbon Treaty