Conseil national du numérique

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The Conseil national du numérique (French Digital Council, abbreviated CNNum or less commonly CNN) is a French independent advisory commission created on 29 April 2011 by the French presidential decree n°2011-476.[1] It was reorganized and expanded by another French presidential decree on 13 December 2012,[2] to expand its spectrum of actions to all the questions set up by the development of the digital in society and economy.


The Council issues independent opinions and recommendations on any question relating to the impact of digital technologies on economy and society. The government can consult the Council on new legislation or draft regulations.


The Council's thirty members come from across the digital spectrum, and include researchers and activists. The Council organises public consultations at both local and national level, and is in constant contact with France's digital ecosystem, including elected officials, members of civil society, researchers, digital experts, entrepreneurs and professional organisations.

Composition 2016-2019[edit]

The French Digital Council is composed of 30 members appointed by a decree issued by the President of the French Republic dated 3 February 2016.

Former President and Vice-President[edit]

  • Mr Mounir Mahjoubi, President of the Council since February 2, 2016, resigned on January 19, 2017
  • Mr Godefroy Beauvallet, Vice-President of the Council since January, 2013, resigned on January 4, 2017

Vice-Presidents and current acting co-presidents[edit]


  • Rania BELKAHIA
  • Nathalie COLLIN
  • Jacques CREMER
  • Gaël DUVAL
  • Marie EKELAND
  • Najette FELLACHE
  • Ghislaine HIERSO
  • Rand HINDI
  • Daniel KAPLAN
  • Patricia LANGRAND
  • Ludovic LE MOAN
  • Bertin NAHUM
  • Antoine PETIT
  • Yves POILANE
  • Emmanuelle ROUX
  • Marc TESSIER
  • fr:Benoît Thieulin
  • Véronique TORNER
  • Roxanne Varza
  • Carole ZISA-GARAT
  • Célia ZOLYNSKI

General Secretary[edit]

  • Yann Bonnet, General Secretary
  • Jan Krewer, Deputy general secretary
  • Charly Berthet, Rapporteur
  • Stella Biabiany-Rosier, Secretary
  • Anne-Charlotte Cornut, Rapporteur
  • Camille Hartmann, Rapporteur
  • Judith Herzog-Bufalo, Rapporteur
  • Marylou Le Roy, Rapporteur
  • François Levin, Rapporteur
  • Lofred Madzou, Rapporteur
  • Ruben Narzul, Rapporteur
  • Fatima Ouagouni, Secretary

Members 2013-2016[edit]

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The French Digital Council is composed of 30 members appointed by a decree issued by the President of the French Republic dated 17 January 2013.

President and vice-presidents[edit]

  • Mr Benoit Thieulin, president.
  • Mrs Christine Balagué, vice-president.
  • Mr Tariq Krim, vice-president.
  • Mr Godefroy Beauvallet, vice-president.
  • Mrs Valérie Peugeot, vice-president.

Other members[edit]

  • Mr Serge Abiteboul.
  • Mrs Nathalie Andrieux.
  • Mr Ludovic Blecher.
  • Mr Michel Briand.
  • Mrs Virginia Cruz.
  • Mr Pascal Daloz.
  • Mrs Marylène Delbourg-Delphis.
  • Mr Stéphane Distinguin.
  • Mrs Marie Ekeland.
  • Mrs Virginie Fauvel.
  • Mr Cyril Garcia.
  • Mrs Audrey Harris.
  • Mr Francis Jutand.
  • Mr Daniel Kaplan.
  • Mrs Laurence Le Ny.
  • Mr Tristan Nitot.
  • Mrs Sophie Pène.
  • Mrs Nathalie Pujo.
  • Mrs Lara Rouyrès.
  • Mr Jean-Baptiste Rudelle.
  • Mrs Cécile Russeil.
  • Mrs Nathalie Sonnac.
  • Mr Bernard Stiegler.
  • Mr Marc Tessier.
  • Mrs Brigitte Vallée.

General Secretary[edit]

  • Yann Bonnet, General Secretary
  • Somalina Pa, General Rapporteur
  • Mathilde Bras, Deputy Rapporteur
  • Judith Herzog-Bufalo, Deputy Rapporteur
  • Rosemarie Césaire-Gédéon, Executive Assistant


The national concertation on the digital and the Ambition Numérique report[edit]

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On 4 September 2014, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls asked the Conseil national du numérique to hold a national concertation on the digital and its related topics. On the government side, this initiative was followed by the Secretary of State in charge of the Digital, Axelle Lemaire, and the Secretary of State in charge of the Reform of the State and of the Simplification, at the time Thierry Mandon, before being replaced at that Secretary by Clotilde Valter in June 2015.

This initiative was notable as it was a novel experimentation of public policy building at the time in France. The Conseil national du numérique used for this goal an online platform[3] conceived with the association Démocratie Ouverte, which permitted to every citizen, public or private organization to contribute to the proposed 26 consultations. The Conseil divided those consultations between 4 main themes:

  • Growth, innovation, disruption
  • Loyalty in a digital environment
  • The digital transformation of public action
  • The digital metamorphosis of society

At the end of the consultation phase, the Conseil published open syntheses open to comments for each consultation, tracing back the great controversies and the proposed plans for action that emerged, and in a way as neutral as possible.

During the consultation, 4 "journées contributives" (contributive days) were organized in France on each of the themes, respectively in Lille, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Nantes, with the presence of local actors. During those days, thematic workshops permitted to deepen the proposals seen on the online platform, and to confront them to the experiences of participants. In parallel, "contributive pitches" gave the opportunity to entrepreneurs, students, civil society members, law professionals, etc. to present their innovations and to propose their ideas to "update France".[4]

On 18 June 2015, the Ambition Numérique report,[5] result of the national concertation, was handed over to Manuel Valls by the President of the Conseil national du numérique, Benoit Thieulin, in presence of Ministers and Secretaries Emmanuel Macron, Marisol Touraine, Clotilde Valter and Axelle Lemaire. During the ceremony, Manuel Valls announced the digital strategy of the French government.[4]

Reports and opinions[edit]


Opinions by the current member composition[edit]

Opinions by former member compositions[edit]


  1. ^ Décret n° 2011-476 du 29 avril 2011 portant création du Conseil national du numérique (in French)
  2. ^ Décret n° 2012-1400 du 13 décembre 2012 relatif au Conseil national du numérique (in French)
  3. ^ Ambition numérique official website (in French)
  4. ^ a b Ambition numérique official blog (in French)
  5. ^ "Ambition Numérique report (in French)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-08-18.

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