The 10th Rencontres du Numérique, or the Need for a Third Digital Way
The 10th edition of the Rencontres du Numérique took place Wednesday, December 12 at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris. At the menu this year: the growing influence of regions, innovation and cybersecurity and the development of digital services in France.
From the outset of the talk, the problem of Europe’s growing dependence on foreign digital services, hardware, software as well as infrastructure-wise, has set the tone for the conference.
Laure de La Raudière, Member of the Parliament, representant of the Eure-et-Loire region and co-chair of the study group on Cybersecurity and Digital Sovereignty called for “a massive, powerful awakening of public policies”: “I ask you all to invest the European debate on the technological sovereignty of France and Europe for the future of European citizens.”
For Emmanuel Germain, ANSSI’s director, “we must take into account Safety by design from the get-go”, so from the early design of a project to its delivery.
This particular fight has been led for many years by Alexandre Zapolsky, member of the Conseil national du numérique (CNNum) and president and founder of LINAGORA, a French champion of free software who defends a “Third Digital Way ethical, inclusive, sustainable, able to bring an alternative to American or Chinese giants “:
“We believe that the subject of digital trust is essential, beyond the mission that has been given to us on digital identity (…) there is a possible Third Digital Way, based on our values, and if we use intelligently the regulation and the RGPD, the General Data Protection Regulation. (…) We also need a strong, powerful industrial policy, both at the national level and at the European level. And then we must extend this Third Way beyond Europe, in a number of countries that share our republican and civic values. “
Let’s hope that this momentum, taken up last November by the President of the Republic during his speech at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), as well as by the Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, will allow France and Europe to bring this indispensable Third Way.