France and the global challenges of information and communication technologies
As shown by the Arab revolutions in 2011, the Internet is
a powerful tool for demanding fundamental freedoms.
It plays a key role in providing access to knowledge
and culture. The Internet is also a tremendous growth
accelerator and expected to account for 20% of global
GDP in 2030, while a study has forecast the creation of
450,000 jobs in the ICT sector by 2015.
At the same time, ICTs also carry risks and dangers for
states and enterprises as well as citizens: recent events
have shown that government and industrial information
systems were not safe from cyber attacks. Illegal content
and behaviours including invasions of privacy, economic fraud, incitement to racial hatred and child pornography
can also be carried over the Internet.
By putting the Internet on the agenda of a G8 Summit
for the first time (G8 Deauville Summit of May 2011),
France succeeded in convincing its partners that
cooperation among States was required to ensure the
harmonious development of a peaceful Internet in the
service of human rights, democracy and economic growth.
The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
(MAEE) is working fully along those lines and maintains
a dialogue at European and international level on a
daily basis to promote a safe digital area respectful of
fundamental rights, serving development and governed
by all Internet actors on the basis of democratic and
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