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France attempts to host a tech conference [Dec. 10th, 2008|07:36 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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I'm loving every bit of this coverage of the LeWeb conference:
Previous LeWebs have been marred by controversy and negative press coverage so this year organiser Loic Le Meur has come up with a cunning plan to head off criticism. In short, he's doing everything he can to ensure that no press commentary whatsoever escapes from the conference hall.

It's a strategy of three planks. Plank one is to have absolutely no wireless internet access in the conference venue for most of the first day. The already screwed entrepreneurs were told they'd have to demonstrate their internet businesses without using the internet. That's right — LeWeb was entirely without the web. Which I suppose makes it simply "Le".
After my travels in Europe, when I told my friends back here how bad the Internet situation was everywhere in France, they didn't quite believe me. Maybe they will now :-)

Edit: It's a lot worse than I thougth at first.