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Why do you sometimes refer to pages in French?

Your organization seems to have several goals (Internet freedom, Internet neutrality, freedom of press on the Internet) that do not appear to be linked; is this normal?

Do you think that it is necessary to protect our Internet freedom? Why not let it happen over time?

You are a French association and yet you mention a lot of facts and events taking place outside of France…

Are you, in one way or another, connected to an organization, to a political party?

Are you a whistleblowing website?

I would like to volunteer to help your actions, how should I proceed?

Why do you sometimes refer to pages in French?

Our non-profit is based in Paris, France, and we try to cover digital democracy-related issues in France, this is why we sometimes refer to French websites and news. If you do not read French you can use Google Translate in order to get a (more-or-less accurate) English translation.

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Your organization seems to have several goals (Internet freedom, Internet neutrality, freedom of press on the Internet) that do not appear to be linked; is this normal?

Internet freedoms are multi-faceted: They include, but are not limited to, the freedoms and rights cited in CNIL's website (CNIL is the French national commission for the protection of digital privacy). These stem from the Declaration of Human and Citizen Rights and the Constitution to the new territory of the Internet.

Our increasing information-based economy and society has led to a gradual increase in the use and importance of information systems in everyday life, be it through personal computers, software, computer networks, smart-phones, Internet, social networks.

Each of these systems raises its own questions and problems when it comes to respect for fundamental democratic principles: the right to privacy, right to freedom of expression and information (which requires constant vigilance in maintaining Internet neutrality), freedom of the press, transparency and accountability of governments and organizations vis-à-vis their actions ... our goals are, therefore, strongly linked because of their relationship to fundamental democratic principles.

If we do not act swiftly and remain vigilant, these rights will be abolished progressively to the benefit of private interests. Two laws in France crystallize this attack on Internet freedom: HADOPI and LOPPSI.

Our actions concern Internet freedom in general. However, our means are limited, so our focus is on priorities which we think do not receive enough attention.

To maximize efficiency in our actions we also join forces with other organizations sharing all or part of our goals. If you belong to an organization that would like to join our efforts on one or more actions, you can submit your project.

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Do you think that it is necessary to protect our Internet freedom? Why not let it happen over time?

For a detailed presentation of our fears vis-à-vis Internet freedom and motivation for defending them, go to the page "About us".

We believe that the Internet is more and more part of our lives. This irreversible technological revolution must be monitored to ensure that democratic principles expand completely and unambiguously to it. We see the Internet as a new, 'virgin' territory, on which we want all basic democratic principles to be enforced.

Like any new territory the Internet must be protected from takeover by special interests, political or other. Procedures, rules and laws must be established quickly to govern this territory, eliminating risk of manipulation.

In light of recent developments (see “About us”) we believe that it is urgent to mobilize and act – or else we will lose the battle against organized interests that are often high-placed and supported by huge financial interests, and "big media".

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You are a French association and yet you mention a lot of facts and events taking place outside of France.

The Internet has no borders. What happens on the Internet at one location can directly influence what happens elsewhere on the Internet: Censorship and blocking sites for political reasons are examples.

The fact that we support or fight against actions taking place beyond French borders is not only a way to protect our common Internet, but also a means to influence the French government to adopt good practices and be discouraged from copying the bad. In times of big change, precedents are important in the establishment of laws.

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Are you, in one way or another, connected to a political party or organization?

No. Liberté-info is an organization created by citizens who are neither journalists nor lawyers, nor in politics. We want to remain completely independent to work for our stated goals. In this regard, we like to remain in the spirit of Article 2 of the French Constitution: "(government of) the people, by the people and for the people."

However, for our limited resources to have the most impact, we will occasionally partner with other national or international organizations to achieve common objectives.

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Are you a whistleblowing website?

No. One of our goals is to help whistleblowing efforts to be recognized as an important part of online journalism and to protect individuals who do this and their sources from prosecution or investigation.

Exposing a government or corporate crime should not be a crime. It is an act of high civic duty in which the whistleblower exposes the unlawful or immoral acts of highly powerful entities or individuals – often at the expense of his or her career, peace of mind and sometimes life.

In addition, whistleblowing websites have specialized infrastructure (which we do not have) to protect their sources by making submission of documents secure, preventing whistleblowers from being traced. This includes the custodian site, providing total anonymity for the source.

Here are some whistleblowing websites: Wikileaks, FrenchLeaks, Cryptome and Al Jazeera Transparency Unit.

As these sites are sometimes subject to DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, you can also access their mirror sites: see here for Wikileaks and here for Cryptome.

This Al Jazeera article mentions more whistleblowing websites.

Note that we have exceptionally published exclusive documents as part of our support campaign to Rudolf Elmer: This because we believe it brought important aspects of his case to light, and also because we believe a fundamental right (of information in this case) is like a muscle (or a language): in order to keep it alive you need to practice it. Defending freedom of information has little sense if one doesn't actually use that right. However that wasn't an act of whitleblowing, but rather of publishing data that is supposed to be public but that most big media tend to intentionally ignore, for more or less honest reasons.

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I would like to take part. How should I proceed?

As an association, our resources are limited and come primarily from time and efforts offered by volunteers. We will be happy to welcome you among our volunteers. There is a large number of tasks to be carried out which do not necessarily require any kind of expertise.

To enable us to offer you good matches with what you would like to do, please send us an e-mail stating your skills and area of interest. We will get back to you soon!

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