Digital affairs – appointment of an ambassador (22.11.17)


The Council of Ministers appointed David Martinon ambassador for digital affairs this morning.

This important decision gives Mr. Martinon jurisdiction over the digital issues that the Ministry deals with: international negotiations on cybersecurity, governance of the Internet and Internet networks, freedom of expression on the Internet, intellectual property issues related to the Internet, support for the export operations of digital companies, and France’s participation in the Open Government Partnership in conjunction with Etalab [the French task force for open data].

I particularly want to draw your attention to the mission Mr. Martinon was specifically tasked with by the President and Prime Minister, under the authority of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs: conducting a direct dialogue with major American digital platforms on combating the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes.

This task is in line with the guidelines adopted by the G7 in Taormina last June, as well as the French-British action plan of July 2017 and requests made to these platforms by the French President and the British and Italian Prime Ministers at the High-Level Meeting on Preventing Terrorist Use of the Internet (held on September 20 in New York as part of the UN General Assembly). To carry out this mission, Mr. Martinon will work closely with the Ministry of the Interior and the office of the Minister of State for the Digital Sector.

We will have a chance to return to the digital strategy of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs which Jean-Yves Le Drian will present on December 15.