La Quadrature du Net
|Purpose||Law, Freedom, Privacy|
|Headquarters||19 rue Richard Lenoir, Paris, France|
|Leader||Jérémie Zimmermann, Philippe Aigrain, Christophe Espern|
La Quadrature du Net (Squaring of the Net in French) is a French advocacy group that promotes digital rights and freedoms of citizens. 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. It gained notoriety by fighting the HADOPI law, a controversial project to establish a graduated response in France. 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.
The Quadrature is supported by other advocacy and free software groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Free Software Foundation. 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.
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". 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.
- Official site
- http://www.laquadrature.net/en/squaring-net-debate-open ; http://www.clubic.com/actualite-130648-quadrature-net-acte-resistance.html
- "Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep 8: Cypherpunks Part 1". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
- "La Quadrature du Net - Why the name "Squaring the net"?". Laquadrature.net. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
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