"There is no free lunch. " Last year, receiving forty world tech bosses at the Elysée for a lunch
in the first "Tech for good" summit he organized,
Emmanuel Macron reminded them of their obligations and their responsibilities towards society in favor of the "common good". At the end of the day, several investments, job creations and other commitments. This year, the French president renews this summit, on the sidelines of VivaTech
which opens its doors this Thursday in Paris.
Even if the Elysee welcomes a "Dynamism taking hold"ambitions have yet to be confirmed. The 80 leaders of French and international groups who will be received Wednesday evening at the Elysee for dinner floor in five workshops. In addition to diversity, the "future of work" and education, two new themes have been selected for this 2019 edition: digital inclusion and the environment.
But the summit "Tech for good" will also take this year a particular dimension,
two months after the Christchurch bombing in New Zealand,
whose attack had been broadcast live on Facebook by its author, a first.
Presented in Paris for the occasion, the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, will launch with Emmanuel Macron a "call from Christchurch" to act against terrorism and violent extremism on the Internet. Non-binding, the text will be a declaration of intent,
as the "Paris call" of the Elysée, end 2018.
But its initiators hope that it will prosper in the longer term. "There is a business awareness", says the Elysee, where we hope to move from "Reacting" to the"Anticipation" on this problem. A charter on hate and illegal content must be the subject of a first round of negotiations, with a view to adoption at the end of August at the G7 in Biarritz.
The government will also take advantage of the meeting to make a point of step commitments made last year by the giants of technology, and get new ones. "The idea is not to see each other every year to have a good meal! " sums up Cédric O, the Secretary of State for Digital. Googlefor example, has already begun funding non-profit projects through the $ 100 million five-year envelope announced at the previous summit. This year, the US giant puts an additional $ 3 million to finance ten innovative companies as part of a call for projects.
For its part, Uber must also announce this Wednesday a common reference on "soft skills", fruit of the workgroup co-piloted with Orange. A pilot project will be launched between Uber and the RATP around this repository for "Create bridges" between the trades of both companies. The government wants to promote the professional mobility of Uber drivers or Deliveroo delivery men to allow them to consider other trades, in driving or services.
SAP, who had promised to have 30% of women in his executive management, said for his part "In line with the objectives". Microsoft, finally, will launch in September a remote master's degree on artificial intelligence, and promises "New ads", especially in culture and heritage.