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Hosting, Surveillance, and Democracy

We do not like this law, and we intend to fight it, if necessary.

But what can one company do against a government, a nation, a civilization that is willing and ready to follow this path?

If we want to win this fight, we need you now more than ever.

Without blowing it out of proportion, who has been fighting for the past 15 years to defend its users? Who has systematically appeared before courts and the public alike to defend a certain worldview, aligning the protection of personal data and the role of web hosts? We have. Yesterday, today, andwe hopetomorrow. This company is rare in that these values are in our DNA.

We didn't wait for this occasion to realize that we were citizens and then show our face on TV to sell our stuff. We made a conscious choice to try to stop the hemorrhaging of a communications catastrophe that our government seems determined to perpetrate. All of this is happening in a global context of indifference. Have we failed? Is there a shadow of a chance in this game, rigged from the beginning?

Yes, the hastily-passed amendments, with interlocutors who refused to hear a word, are a band-aid on a gaping wound.

Yes, in the eyes of those who pay closer attention to the intersection of technology and society than the general masses and those who lead them, France's reputation has just suffered a major blow.

Furthermore, we're facing a general trend. Our interlocutors in the French government have done their best to convince us that relocating our datacenters outside of France will be an exercise in futility; it's only a matter of time before the few remaining countries who have not yet passed such legislation will do so.

In a changing world where terrorism and geopolitics collide with technology and complex economic factors, it is an unfortunate possibility that they may be correct.

In a world where political responses are instantaneous, and politicians are willing to treat consequences rather than the underlying causes of our problems, how can one company change the world?

With every attack, each more gruesome than the last, populations are becoming ever more fearful, and thus are being led down the path towards support for omnipotent, ominscienct executive powers who seek more and more control. With the best of intentions, simply out of concern for efficiency and responsibility.

I understood, on January 7, that a new law would soon be passed enabling our government to feel more in control of what happens, simply because our leaders see an abundance of security as the only way to respond to extremists.

Every technological advancement has affected how our societies function and how we live together. Each time, legislative bodies have had to adapt, and the executive power has struggled to respond fairly and efficiently. Our generation is no exception.

We can protest in our own defense (which includes yours), but in the end, it's up to us citizens to react with our votes and our wallets. The solution is in an evolution of how our democracy functions, and if you TRULY want to act, you will have the opportunity.

Don't let it go to waste.

Stephan