Testimony at the Special Jury Award at the Lutece d'Or 2008.
The information technologies are too new for society to really understand the underlying issues. It will take time, even a generation, for everyone to understand how the digital revolution is impacting our every-day lives and the organization of society. If you had asked a contemporary of Gutenberg how printing could change society, he would not have imagined the newspapers, magazines and books in general circulation; at most he would have imagined copies of manuscript amongst the elite who used them at the time. Today is the same with information technology and especially with Free Software.
, French Ministry of Defense (August 2008)