G7 tech leaders agree new proposals to boost online safety worldwide

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Leaders from the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, and EU signed a declaration containing a series of shared principles on how to tackle the global challenge of online safety, including that online firms, should have systems and processes in place to reduce illegal and harmful activity and prioritise the protection of children.

The principles, which have been shaped by the UKโ€™s world-leading approach, say that any steps to improve online safety must support the values of open and democratic societies and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The joint ministerial declaration was signed at a virtual meeting hosted by UK Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden to fire the starting gun on this yearโ€™s G7 Summit.

The agreements are part of the first of seven ministerial declarations due to be signed this year.

Other measures include plans to turbocharge exports by digitising the cumbersome and centuries-old paper-based system for key international trade transactions and improving the free flow of data.

In a sign of stronger cooperation to address concerns over the market power of big tech platforms, international regulators and policymakers will meet with the UKโ€™s Competition and Markets Authority in the autumn to discuss long-term coordination and enforcement.

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