Internet rights groups stand up against eG8 meeting
Several rights organisations have stepped up their opposition to the upcoming eG8 forum on 24-25 May, believing that the event will be used by governments to increase their regulation of the internet. The forum, which was arranged by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, will bring together technology executives, businesses and world leaders to discuss the future of the internet. Attendees are set to include Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, as well as representatives from a number of start-ups. The forum will take place for two days in Paris before Sarkozy hosts the official G8 summit in northern France. Organisations from around the world, including the Dutch Institute of Network Cultures, the Spanish Free Culture Forum, the German Netzpolitik.org and the French La Quadrature du Net, are calling on people to oppose the eG8 event. The organisations argue that Sarkozy will use the eG8 forum to rally support for more internet censorship.