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How France’s new digital minister plans to regulate tech

What happens when you’re working behind the scene with French President Emmanuel Macron and you suddenly become a minister? This is what’s happening to Cedric O this week who was appointed Minister for the Digital Economy on Sunday. I was the first journalist to interview him after his appointment.
While Cedric O has been talking with the French tech ecosystem for years, he usually stays away from cameras and microphones. At the Elysee, he was in charge of France’s stakes in companies and tech in general. I wrote about many of the things he’s been working on.
He invited 50 tech CEOs to meet with Emmanuel Macron and talk about ‘tech for good’. He invited dozens of venture capitalists and limited partners to Paris to convince them to invest more in the French tech ecosystem. He convinced Facebook to let French regulators investigate on moderation processes. And yet, you can’t find his name anywhere.
Now that he’s under the spotlight, the public figure of all things technology, it’s important to understand his views. Tech regulation is going to be a cornerstone of the economy and the fabric of society — and he has strong feelings about it.
How France’s new digital minister plans to regulate tech

Regulating big tech


For some reason, most of our conversation ended up being about regulating tech companies. On this topic, Cedric O has a subtle stance that involves cooperation between European countries, a clear regulatory framework and a new type of regulator. He doesn’t necessarily want to break them up.
“Platforms have to implement regulation in one way of another. And I completely agree with Mark Zuckerberg’s op-ed,” Cedric O told me. “Platforms shouldn't write laws about what's legal or not. However, they are responsible when it comes to implementing regulation and getting results.”


I completely agree with Mark Zuckerberg’s op-ed Cedric O
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