French computer scientist and online rights activist
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARYEnter Jérémie Zimmermann, founder of the Internet freedoms advocacy group La Quadrature du Net. He also co-authored the book Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
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What is ACTA, and how was it defeated? Here’s our biography of Jérémie Zimmermann, with the whole story.
Life, DataLove, And Liberté
Identifying himself as a netizen , Zimmermann runs a blog about free sharing of data called DataLove . He’s also a vice president of April , a French non-profit for promoting and defending free software.
Founding La Quadrature du Net
Zimmerman’s co-founders at La Quadrature were other free software promoters. And La Quadrature is supported by major rights advocacy groups including the and Privacy International .
Zimmermann defeats HADOPI
Zimmermann and La Quadrature were key figures in the public campaign against HADOPI. The law was overturned by the French National Assembly in April 2009, before it could ever be enforced.
“This is a formidable victory for all citizens, ” said Zimmermann. “It is a fantastic example of how to use the Net to fight against those who are trying to control it. Individual liberties, in the end, have not been sacrificed to try to preserve the corporate interests of some obsolete industries”
Striking down ACTA
La Quadrature du Net’s campaigning was again instrumental in defeating the law. ACTA was rejected in July 2012, with Zimmermann commenting :
“Through the victory on ACTA, we hope that the EU policy makers will understand that the endless spiral of repression that has been pushed for the last fifteen years by the entertainment industry has to stop.”
Zimmermann receives EFF Pioneer Award
Zimmermann's battle goes on
But the threats keep coming. In a 2016 interview, Zimmerman notes that “in the last year and a half, four security laws have been adopted in France in the name of combating terrorism… police can now search and seize any property any time without a court order.” Thankfully, Jérémie Zimmermann and La Quadrature du Net are out there, watching the watchers.
Featured image: Still from “Rien à cacher - Jérémie Zimmermann et la Parisienne Libérée” by la parisienne libérée is licensed under CC BY 2.0 fr.