[Translators-l] Fwd: [Foundation-l] UMP Convention

Tom Ka Chun Chiu tomchiukc at gmail.com
Tue Oct 10 07:39:44 UTC 2006

I think it is also worth to translate it to other participants' own
language, as we can see the impact of Wikipedia have done to other


2006/10/6, Delphine Ménard <notafishz at gmail.com>:
> Plip plop... can you please translate this, especially in French?
> Thank you :-)
> Delphine
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> From: Anthere <Anthere9 at yahoo.com>
> Date: Oct 5, 2006 9:19 PM
> Subject: [Foundation-l] UMP Convention
> To: foundation-l at wikimedia.org
> Hello,
> A very short word to say that yesterday I attended a convention in
> Paris, organised by the UMP
> (http://www.u-m-p-paris.org/article.php3?id_article=454).
> UMP is the first (as far as I know) political party in France, leader
> being Mr Sarkozy, current minister of interior in France and a leading
> candidate for the future presidential elections.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarkozy
> The convention was focused on education and research
> (http://www.u-m-p-paris.org/article.php3?id_article=454) I was speaking
> in a panel along with french internet entrepreneurs, the idea of the
> panel not being to "inform" people, but rather to tell them about what
> we were expecting/hoping from this party (and likely, ahum, well,
> possibly, from the next government...).
> After a short introduction to Wikipedia, with proper figures ("4,4
> millions of french electors are visiting Wikipedia every month" - I
> could see every one bending to write down the scary fact that 1/10
> french electors was a Wikipedia user), I insisted on two facts.
> First is the DADVSI law (which was supported by UMP - making them the
> real bad guys for free software supporters) - please see
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DADVSI with this relevant bit
>        "The law was highly controversial within France for it could
> significantly hamper free software, and also may significantly restrict
> the right to make copies of copyrighted works for private use.
> Second was to talk about the fact USA releases information in Public
> Domain, versus our government (and more generally the EU, or most public
> organisations) under classical cp. I mentionned as examples
> * most pictures of french politicians on wp being from the US
> governement (not the french gvt)
> * Spatial research images from the NASA rather than ESA
> * Etc
> The whole convention was *extremely* interesting (which actually amazed
> me, because it is rather unusual to attend a convention and be
> interested all along). I was in particular amazed at how understandable
> people were (very little political talk), how specific and how ready to
> state what was not working. It was very refreshing...
> In terms of audience, well, I'd say a quite decent part of it was
> parliament members and current or ancient ministers. Others being
> typically presidents of universities etc... In short, powerful people.
> I was very glad to finally meet Loic Lemeur, probably the famous blogger
> in France, and who I read occasionnally but never had the opportunity to
> meet. Also the creator of several internet success.
> I was invited to later talk privately to the person in charge of ict et
> al from the office of Mr Sarkozy. I'll try to take care of that in
> november.
> Guys, I hope you all feel the power of what we are building. This is HUGE.
> Ant
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Best Regards
Tom Chiu
mailto:tomchiukc at gmail.com / mailto:s0471498 at ied.edu.hk
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