Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany…”international oversight of data usage was needed to head off opposition to the entire tech sector from those who fear the current pace of technological change.”
“The remarks by the four leaders did not appear to represent a coordinated effort to push forward a new international architecture for oversight of the tech sector. Nor were they consistent in citing which tech sectors might merit further international rules.
There was no consensus on what a global architecture might look like.”
“The rapid spread of digital technology in daily life and the implications that has on the future of work and data security will require more international cooperation, not less, Ms. Merkel said. But she acknowledged that nobody knows how to write the rules.
“I still have yet to see any global architecture that deals with these questions,” she said.”
“Mr. Abe suggested that the world look for a way to broaden W.T.O. rules.”
“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. “
““Vice President Wang appeared to push back against the United States’ overall stance on tech issues.
“It is imperative to respect national sovereignty and refrain from seeking technological hegemony, interfering in other countries’ domestic affairs and conducting, shielding or protecting technology-enabled activities that undermine other countries’ national security,” he said.