Nicolas Colin & Henri Verdier / Co-founder, TheFamily & Director, Etalab

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Nicolas Colin is a Co-founder & Partner at TheFamily, a self-styled accelerator which provides members with office space, workshops and access to its network of venture capitalists. He is also a Commissioner at Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL). Formerly in charge, with Pierre Collin (conseiller d'Etat), of a report commissionned by the French Government about the tax system and the digital economy. As such, ranked in the top ten of the #GlobalTax50 in 2013. Co-author, with Henri Verdier, of "L'Âge de la multitude, Entreprendre et gouverner après la révolution numérique". Graduated from Telecom Bretagne with a major in computer science. Graduated from the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) with a major in public administration and a minor in American studies. Graduated from the École nationale d'administration (ENA) before becoming an inspecteur des finances at the Inspection générale des finances. Former co-chief of staff for the "Zelnik Task Force". Founder and former CEO of 1x1connect, co-founder of Stand Alone Media. Teaches at Telecom Bretagne and at Sciences Po. Member of the board of the Rules for Growth Institute.

Born in 1968, Henri Verdier graduated in biology from Ecole Normale Supérieure. He also holds degrees in philosophy and political sociology. In 1995 he created Cred-M (later Odile Jacob Multimédia), managing it till 2007. Cred-M focused on digital education projects, working with scientists such as Nobel Prize winner Georges Charpak. In 2007 Henri was hired by Lagardère Active as a director of innovation, before being recruited by Institut Telecom as a director of prospective. In 2010 he came back to the start-up world by cofounding MFG-R&D. From 2009 to 2012 he also chaired Cap Digital, a business cluster for digital content. In January 2013 he was appointed director of Etalab, the French government agency in charge of open data.

He is a member of Institut Télécom Scientific Council and of several prospective committees (Arcep, Cnil, Ecole des Gobelins). He blogs on

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By Nicolas Colin & Henri Verdier on ParisTech Review

La question est posée à l'Europe, mais aussi aux grands pays émergents: comment espérer avoir quelque influence sur la régulation de l'Internet sans une puissance industrielle solide dans le domaine du numérique?
The question addresses Europe, as well as emerging countries: how can we ever hope to have an influence on Internet governance if there is no strong, industrial power operating in the digital field?
La révolution numérique n'est pas seulement affaire de technologies. Impulsée par des entrepreneurs qui sont aussi des innovateurs radicaux, elle touche d'abord aux échanges sociaux. L'économie marchande, qui est l'une des dimensions dans lesquelles se jouent ces échanges, est impactée en profondeur, et l'onde de choc tend aujourd’hui à sortir des écrans pour toucher le reste du tissu économique. La notion de multitude permet de saisir ce qui est en jeu dans ce bouleversement.
The digital revolution is not only a matter of technologies. The players involved can be described as radical innovators, whose work has a direct impact on social exchanges - from friendship to trade. The shock wave is gradually spilling out of our screens and hitting the rest of the economy. The concept of multitude helps us grasp what is at stake.

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