Feeds

Sarko to use G8 presidency to promote net regulation

'Regulating the internet is a moral imperative!'

Security for virtualized datacentres

Nicolas Sarkozy plans to use France's presidency of the G8 this year to promote international cooperation on greater regulation of the internet, according to reports.

"How do you respond to the problem of terrorism, of paedophilia, to subjects such as the right to be forgotten?" an unnamed source in Sarkozy's entourage was quoted as saying by the AFP this week.

France has been at the forefront of efforts by Western governments in recent years to take more control online, particularly with its HADOPI law, designed to clamp down on copyright infringement. Other governments, including in Britain, are now following suit.

In a country where major newspapers are not known for their aggressive approach to powerful interests, France has also been shaken by the Bettencourt affair, a high society tax and gifts scandal. The story was broken by Mediapart, an investigative online news start-up, provoking more political concern about the effect of the internet.

In a speech at the Vatican in October, Sarkozy declared: "Regulating the internet to correct the excesses and abuses that arise from the total absence of rules is a moral imperative!"

News that he apparently wants use the G8 presidency to promote his views internationally will concern advocates of internet freedom, especially amid the official anger caused by WikiLeaks' recent disclosures.

The AFP's source denied an authoritarian agenda, however.

"This is not to constrain the freedom of the Internet, it is not to reproach the Americans for having taken considerable positions in the matter, but on the contrary it is to see how we can regulate the virtual city while still regarding the internet as an opportunity," the source said.

The plan will be put into action at the next G8 summit, scheduled for May 26-27 in Deauville, Normandy. "Internet experts" will reportedly be convened to compare a report for member states to consider informally.

The Sarkozy government's plans are similar to those suggested by Silvio Berlusconi for Italy's G8 presidency in 2009, which came to nothing. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC
And ISPs should nab 'em on our behalf
Former Bitcoin Foundation chair pleads guilty to money-laundering charge
Charlie Shrem plea deal could still get him five YEARS in chokey
NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies
Crackdown on tardy diplomatic sysadmins providing accidental unfiltered internet access
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.