Fleur Pellerin Interview, French Minister of IT

Posted by Charbax – December 31, 2013

Here's my quick interview with Fleur Pellerin, she is a politician and minister delegate in the French government. She was appointed Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation, and the Digital Economy attached to the Minister for Economic Regeneration (the former Ministry of the Economy, Finance, and Industry) by French President Fran├žois Hollande on 16 May 2012. After my part in English that lasts 1 minute 55 seconds, I also filmed some of what she said to some other media in French.

My question is about what the Government can do to speed up Technological innovation, from Startups, to established small to medium sized companies to the big Tech companies in society. At the end I also try to ask if there is any chance that the French Government would re-introduce the Socialist party's idea of Global Licence, an idea of introducing taxation at the ISP-level to finance arts and culture, pay artists, pay musicians/film makers/writers even bloggers and programmers is what I think could be good. Not to replace all existing monetization for content on the web, but to supplement it and to stop trying to put children in jail who pirate content on the Internet or to punish them by cutting off their Internet access.

My opinion is that Government has a big role to play in trying to help speed up Technological Innovation worldwide. Not just to let companies do what they want, where so much relies on the good intentions and good judgement of a few giant corporations like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Intel, I think that Governments should do the most possible to speed innovation forward in the best interest of all the people. That is to enable the usage of Smartphones, Smart devices, Apps ecosystems, etc to improve society for all citizen, to fix certain problems like health, food, education, accomodation, jobs, transportation, the economy, all those can be fixed by clever use of the existing potential of technology. I wonder if all those solutions do appear if Government just sit back and wait for big enterprises or for small new startups to become big enough successes fast enough to decide to develop and implement each of these technological solutions to fix each problem in society when they think it can be profitable enough for them or for when they think they have a good enough reason to provide solutions for each problem.

Here you can see Fleur Pellerin's keynote discussion Q&A in English at LeWeb 2013:

And there was also another French Minister at LeWeb 2013, Arnaud Montebourg, who did some great performance in his Q&A answering questions from Tech Investors: