27 juin 2011

An e-G8 event in Paris before the G8 in Deauville ... all the government heads interested to know more about internet and its implications for the future

Speech of the French president
at the e-G8

On the initiative of the president of the French republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, key leaders of the world of the IT industry (Information Technology) have been invited to discuss within the framework of a forum organized by Publicis, the first e-G8, about the next steps of the digital ecosystem and its impact on the modern society. It was just 2 days before the G8 organized in Deauville from May 26 to 27, 2011. Mr Maurice Levy, Chairman of Publicis, introduced the event. He did focus on the importance of internet and the impact of IT / system information on the business & social world today and tomorrow. 
The e-G8 forum organised for the first time
by Publicis in Paris
The internet is so crucial for all of us that it becomes quite mandatory now to think of its implications. Today, we can reach and access all information needed by a simple click, we can connect in a virtual way to people whom you do not really know very well or hardly by means of a social network. It is doubtless necessary time to think of the governance of all this, to regulate the possible deviations, in other words to put certain number of firewalls and to improve the security level.  
I had the chance to participate to this event, together with other leaders from HP (HP was one of the sponsor of the event). I do consider quite essential to have this type of debates between the whole professional sphere and the politics, the heads of governments across the world. One of the key objectives of the e-G8 event was to reach a certain level of wholesome control of the net without annulling its interests and the freedom attached to it. If we do regulate too much, we can expect some bad consequences. Lack of innovation for example because people will not take too many risks in anything they do. But on the contrary, without control, everything becomes possible. Someone can create for example a false address / identification and do things as if it were you. You all have bad examples like this in mind. You can certainly pursue someone acting this way (particularly because now we can track and discover what is doing what and from where, even from cyber cafes), but we have to face the reality. This is where we are today. The governance is quite week. A journalist would never (let's say in general) publish a paper / an article / a fact without a proof. Without checking the information. Why a site would published an information without a strict process of validation. This is indeed just an example. We are facing other issues and we need to debate and find solutions. But this should not stop or limit any developments on the net.