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World leaders at Davos call for global rules on techND

Keith Bradsher & Katrin Bennhold, The New York Times, Wednesday 23rd January 2019

In a clear sign of growing international interest in regulating the tech industry, leaders of Japan, South Africa, China and Germany issued a series of calls on Wednesday for global oversight of the tech sector. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said his country would use its chairmanship of the G20 to push forward a new international system for the oversight of how data is used. Data governance will be the theme when the group’s leaders gather in June in Osaka for the annual meeting. “I would like Osaka G20 to be long remembered as the summit that started worldwide data governance,” Mr Abe said in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The remarks were echoed by leaders speaking from South Africa, China and Germany, but did not seem to represent a coordinated effort to push forward a new international architecture for such oversight. Europe, and Germany in particular, have emerged as the de facto regulators of the technology sector, exerting influence beyond their own borders. Berlin’s digital crackdown on hate speech, which took effect last year, is being closely watched by other countries.

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