Interdire la propagation des fake news : nécessité ou fausse bonne idée?


Les fake news ont pris beaucoup de place dans le débat public depuis l’élection de Donald Trump en automne 2016. Par « fake news », il faut entendre des informations délibérément fausses ou truquées émanant d’une personne ou d’un organisme d’information afin d’obtenir un avantage financier ou politique.  En effet, le président des Etats-Unis est soupçonné d’avoir largement profité d’une campagne de désinformation très massive pendant la période électorale ayant permis son accession au pouvoir, du moins selon ses détracteurs. S’y ajoutent encore les accusations d’infiltrations russes dans la campagne électorale américaine qui auraient largement contribué à accentuer la propagation de mauvaises informations sur Internet à l’avantage du magnat de l’immobilier. Continue reading


Europe’s position on data protection: The story of a huge gap between ideal and reality


It is not always easy to see a clear line in the difficult relationship Europe maintains with its core values and data protection policies. The current development aims to point out contradictions on the European fight for increased data protection and to give a sense of responsibility to our governments when it comes to protecting democracy and fundamental rights. But first, let’s start off with something positive. The EU Court of Justice rendered a remarkable decision on October 6th 2015, invalidating the Safe Harbor principles. The Safe Harbor Privacy Principles allow US companies to register their certification if they meet the European Union requirements in order to transfer and process data collected from Europe to the United States. Facebook, Google and many more depend on this certification as under European law, companies are not allowed to send personal data to countries outside the European Economic Area unless they guarantee adequate levels of protection. Continue reading

The increase of the public broadcasting tax: a smart political maneuver based on a big fat lie


The public broadcasting service (audiovisuel public) is a sector in crisis; there is no doubt about that. The financial difficulties it has faced over the last years, with Radio France employees protesting earlier this year against restructuring plans and refusing to work for 28 days in a row, have largely shown the desperation within the sector. The situation at France Televisions is not much better. Confronted with similar financial difficulties, the company is facing a challenging future and has recently seen its proposition to finance itself partially by reintroducing commercials until 9 PM, as wished for by the new director Delphine Ernotte, declined. Continue reading

France24 plans partnership with Mashable and raises questions of unfair competition


Recently, the news of a joint project to be realised between French public information channel France24 and US private digital media website Mashable has created a big buzz. Indeed, both companies plan to launch an online media website covering tech and international news in French. France24 is since 2008 wholly owned by the French government and benefits from an annual 100 million € budget at its disposal. Mashable, instead, is a private online digital media website profiting from a large tech orientated readership around the world. Continue reading

Why France would be better off granting Snowden asylum

Cnt4_Fr53-1Edward Snowden, a former governor contractor who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA), creating worldwide indignation due to the revelation of the major extent of United States spying practices, has generated controversial debate around the globe on the accuracy of publishing confidential material and the need for other countries to grant him asylum. Continue reading