The European Union hailed Joe Biden’s inauguration afterward Wednesday as US president as a “new dawn” for Europe and the US, whereas insisting US know-how corporations needs to be regulated to cease the “dark forces” of hate speech on-line.
The EU and the US are the world’s high buying and selling powers, together with China, and have shut cultural, historic, enterprise and protection ties, however Donald Trump sought to sideline the EU, championing Britain’s departure from the bloc.
Expressing aid on the finish of 4 years of Trump’s “America First” coverage, the EU’s chief govt and chairman instructed the European Parliament that shaping new international digital regulation collectively was paramount.
“This new dawn in America is the moment we’ve been waiting for,” European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen stated. However she additionally cautioned: “This sense of relief … should not lead us to making any illusions. Trump may be consigned to history in a few hours, but his followers remain.”
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Von der Leyen stated that whereas it won’t be potential “to completely eliminate any of these dark forces” of the sort of incitement that led to the storming of the US Capital on January 6, hate speech and pretend information should not be allowed to flow into freely on the web.
“This political power, unbridled power held by the big internet giants must be reined in,” Von der Leyen stated.
EU lawmakers are debating new digital coverage that might have implications for Google, Fb, and Apple, however with out main know-how corporations of its personal, the European Union’s digital privateness and antitrust regulation can solely go thus far.
Von der Leyen proposed in her speech organising an EU-US Widespread Expertise Council as a primary step to attract up a template for international digital regulation that others all over the world might comply with.
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From regulating synthetic intelligence to advanced algorithms primarily based on huge quantities of information, the EU desires restrictions that might not on the identical time restrict the advantages of know-how, akin to self-driving automobiles or sharing information to combat ailments.
European Council President Charles Michel, who chairs EU summits in Brussels, stated transatlantic priorities must also embody combating Covid-19 and local weather change.
“Together, we must stand as the bedrock of the rules-based international order, working for peace, security, prosperity, freedom, human rights, and gender equity,” Michel stated.
“Let’s build a new founding pact for a stronger Europe, for a stronger America, and for a better world,” he instructed EU lawmakers.