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Jérémie Zimmermann
Day Day 1 - 2012-12-27
Room Saal 4
Start time 20:30
Duration 01:00
ID 5159
Event type Lecture
Language used for presentation English

Defend your Freedoms Online: It's Political, Stupid!

A Positive agenda against the next ACTA, SOPA, and such

Over the years we learned impressively how to oppose bad legislation hurting our freedoms online. We are now facing an even bigger challenge: how to guarantee that a Free, open, decentralized Internet will be protected in the long run?

In 2012 The Internetz won major battles against SOPA/PIPA in the US, and against ACTA in the EU. Yet, we know that the powerful industries and governments behind these projects will never stop. They have an incentive to gain control of the Internet, attacking fundamental rights and promoting technologies like "Deep Packet Inspection", now being deployed in each and every corner of the Net, and used indifferently to break Net neutrality, to filter, block and censor communications or to inspect citizens traffic.

How to push for proposals that will ensure that the sharing of knowledge and culture, citizens freedoms, and access to an open infrastructure will be guaranteed in the future public policies? How to become as successful in proposition as we are now in opposition?

(Hint: it's political, stupid!)

On Wednesday, July 4th 2012, The European Parliament rejected ACTA, the evil, dangerous and illegitimate copyright treaty, by a huge majority of 478 to 39. To all those who, for years, said it was impossible: we did it. Resonating in echo to victory against SOPA/PIPA in the US, this is a major victory for the multitude of connected citizens and organizations who worked hard for years, but also a great hope on a global scale for a better democracy.

These victories are of huge symbolic and political value, and we're still beginning to comprehend fully its meaning. It is now our duty to shape its political consequences. All is in our hands.

For years we have been witnessing the converging interests of political and industrial powers to attempt to get control of a Free Internet through various repressive measures (censorship, copyright enforcement, attacks against Net neutrality, etc.). We know that their attempts at attaining their financial or political objectives will never stop. And we must continue to combat them.

Still, we learned over the years, by demonstrating what we advocate for, that we are capable of formulating clear alternative to each and every bad piece of legislation being proposed. From that effort is born a positive political agenda, aggregating all the proposals that were put forward by La Quadrature du Net and other activists while doing the opposition job.

It is a political battle, in the ethymological sense of the word "politics": citizens caring about the affairs of the city, in that case: the Internets.

All is on the table for each and every citizen to take part in a great effort for fostering the sharing of culture and knowledge, protecting Human Rights in the digital society and guaranteeing access to a Free and open Internet.

Let's get things moving forward!

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