What happens when French President plans preliminary sessions on Internet economy prior to an economic G8 Summit can be best described with two images. In the first picture you can see a world map where the reactions of people as number of tweets have been marked. The redder your country appears in the graph the hottest the reactions from the citizenship.

Capture: www.synthesio.com

Let´s take one of the hottest tweets to introduce the second of the images. After reading a tweet: “Innovation round table with a professor, a minister (Besson)… and 4 billionaires” Eric Besson, France’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Digital Economy said: “Is the game to find which one doesn’t belong?”.

One of those billionaires was Mark Zuckerberg who dressed on a jacket and jeans to meet President Sarkozy and host to the G8. And apparently the answer to the game is that politics and the internet big heads belong together. Especially after political changes in Egypt and Tunisia as a consequence of the advent of social demonstrations that were quickly ignited through the use of social networks and other web pages.

Photo: www.g8-g20.com

It’s sad to hear how the message was polarized with regards to the implications of Internet in the global economy. Politicians think Internet as a new territory that must be conquered. And the big guys of Internet are scared of the consequences of legislation – you can check the most popular bits of their speeches in this infographic. As Google boss Eric Schmidt put it: “Technology will move faster than governments, so don’t legislate before you understand the consequences”.

US journalist professional Jeff Jarvis represented the side of the activists that want a free Internet. And Sean Parker, Managing Partner Founders Fund played the argument of innovation and said: “True entrepreneurs think there is something wrong in the world and want to fix it”.

Should states legislate to protect industries with companies that have been complacent with each other whilst reaping off the margins in mutual agreement for years? That would not get my signature on. Incumbent companies in media and telecom industries must look for changes elsewhere within their own businesses.

But I concede a different treatment to the discussions about IP. I heard that Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig a specialist in copyright was also an invitee to the eG8 forum. In a country where the French Hadopi censorship has achieved what it seems poor results it makes sheer sense to build a sound debate about what does help and what doen´t in building a future around IP protection.


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