La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that promotes the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge. As such, La Quadrature du Net engages in public-policy debates concerning, for instance, freedom of expression, copyright, regulation of telecommunications and online privacy.
In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the digital age.
The founders who are entitled to speak on behalf of the collective are:
- Jérémie Zimmermann, consultant-engineer specialized in co-operative technology and member of the board of the April NGO.
- Philippe Aigrain, author of « Cause commune : l'information entre bien commun et propriété. » and CEO of a company specialized in participatory democracy and co-operation using the Internet.
- Gérald Sedrati-Dinet, R&D software engineer and voluntary adviser in the April NGO.
- Benjamin Sonntag, engineer, CEO of a Linux hosting and Internet operator company, and free software developer.