Nicolas Colin et Henri Verdier / General Auditor, French Ministry of Economy & Director, Etalab

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Born in 1977, Nicolas Colin is a graduate from Télécom Bretagne, Sciences Po and Ecole nationale d’administration. In 2009 he participated to the Creation and Internet report, ordered and published by the French ministry of Culture and Communication. Nicolas has created and managed two companies: 1x1connect (social marketing services) and Stand Alone Media (video edition and production). He teaches in Télécom Bretagne and Sciences Po.

He is currently working in Inspection des Finances, a French institution within the ministry of Economy. He is the coauthor (with Pierre Collin) of an important report relased in January 2013, making propositions on how to tax Internet data.

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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  • L'âge de la multitude: Entreprendre et gouverner après la révolution numérique
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By Nicolas Colin et Henri Verdier on ParisTech Review

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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