“today, more and more people who have addictive behaviors vis-à-vis the screens,” explained Thursday Mounir Mahjoubi, secretary of State in charge of digital. This addiction will be one of the topics on which will floor the States-general of the new regulations on digital, it has opened in Paris, and who gather, including representatives of the government, parliamentarians, regulators, and national digital Council, he explained in front of the press.

to Regulate or not to regulate

“It is important (…) that one can know if it is necessary to regulate, make recommendations”, he stressed. These addictions increasing are a finding “that all the parents of France and Europe, as all companies do vis-à-vis their employees, that all jurisdictions vis-à-vis their public officials”. “In the United States, there is even a science of the attention, with gurus who call for a decontamination of the brain of all the ‘nudges’ (incentives, psychological) stimulation of the attention of the different applications,” he started.

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Launched Thursday in Paris, the States-general will be used to establish a general framework for the regulation of the giants of the digital, “which (…) raise today the issues of democratic control and risk in case of malfunction,” according to the secretary of State. They must define a vision of france, on which the government would then use to unite other european States and achieve to chart a “roadmap” for the next period onwards european elections in 2019.

removal of content that is hateful in the discussion

Among the other matters, “urgent” to be addressed at european level, the secretary of State of the digital city as a priority the removal of content that is hateful on major internet platforms. “If the next european Commission is not something (…) each country will release its national legislation, it is ridiculous,” lamented the secretary of State.

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Without wishing to prejudge the work of the States general on these content that is hateful, Mounir Mahjoubi said he was in favour of a revision of the e-commerce directive, adopted in 2000 by the EU. This directive sets, in particular the principle of non-liability of hosting service providers on the content that they broadcast. “Nothing on the subject of the content that is hateful, it will be necessary to discuss e-commerce from the next period onwards, a european, he estimated.

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Mounir Mahjoubi also aims to address the issue of social protection of the “contributors of the internet platforms”, to take account of the profusion of non-salaried workers brought in by the digital economy. “This is the great subject of the coming five years”, he estimated.


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