La Quadrature du Net

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La Quadrature du Net
La Quadrature du Net.svg
Abbreviation LQDN
Formation 2008, France
Type non-profit organization
Legal status Organization
Purpose Law, Freedom, Privacy
Headquarters 19 rue Richard Lenoir, Paris, France
Official language French, english
Leader Jérémie Zimmermann, Philippe Aigrain, Christophe Espern
Website www.laquadrature.net
La Quadrature du Net protesting against the HADOPI law

La Quadrature du Net (Squaring of the Net in French) is a French advocacy group that promotes digital rights and freedoms of citizens.[1] It advocates for French and European legislation to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge. La Quadrature du Net engages in public-policy debates concerning, for instance, freedom of speech, copyright, regulation of telecommunications and online privacy.

The group was founded in 2008 by free software promoters and activists.[2] It gained notoriety by fighting the HADOPI law, a controversial project to establish a graduated response in France.[3] Its action against Internet censorship and Net neutrality led the Quadrature to work on subjects such as the LOPPSI law, the Telecoms Package or ACTA. In 2012 Quadrature spokesman and cofounder Jérémie Zimmermann received a Pioneer award for his action against ACTA.[4]

The Quadrature is supported by other advocacy and free software groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Free Software Foundation.[5] Jérémie Zimmermann is frequently invited to television programs and interviews to publicize the opposition of the collective to the HADOPI law and the Telecoms Package.[6]

Philippe Aigrain, author of two books on information commons, is one of the other co-founders of the collective.

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The name is based on the quadrature of the circle, an unsolvable mathematic problem.

According to the collective, it is "impossible to effectively control the flow of information in the digital age by law and technology without harming public freedoms and damaging economic and social development".[7] The collective makes an analogy with the squaring of the circle as a problem that could take ages for people to realize is impossible to solve, as initially intended.[8]

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