EU joins the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, President von der Leyen announced at Paris Peace Forum

EU joins the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, President von der Leyen announced at Paris Peace Forum

The Paris Call was sent in 2018 by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, during the Internet Governance Forum held at UNESCO and the Paris Peace Forum. It is an initiative that gathers a multitude of stakeholders, countries and businesses, working together to adopt responsible behaviour and implement within cyberspace the fundamental principles which apply in the physical world.

President von der Leyen said that joining the Paris Call was a commitment to working with all partners to ‘reclaim the internet as a force for good’. “It is a commitment to making the values we cherish offline also respected online,” she stressed.

She also recalled a number of EU initiatives in the digital and cyber space that underpin this commitment. On cybersecurity, for example, the President reminded that the European Commission had proposed a revision of the European cybersecurity law, to step up cybersecurity requirements for essential sectors, and had as well announced a European Cyber Resilience Act.  “Our goal is to keep Trojan horses out of our Single Market, while contributing to higher cybersecurity standards throughout the world.”

Concerning artificial intelligence, she said the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act would focus on high-risk fields, such as healthcare, law enforcement or employment, and also set standards for products on the EU’s market. She also spoke of the cooperation with the United States in this area, particularly through the work of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council.

President von der Leyen concluded her remarks with a call for responsibility of digital platforms, and the steps the EU was taking in this regard. “If algorithms of large platforms spread hate speech, illegal content or disinformation, those algorithms must be changed,” she underlined, reminding that the Commission has put forward the Digital Services Act that offers EU Member States the tools to regulate this area.

Source: Von der Leyen at Paris Peace Forum (europa.eu)

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