Representatives agreed on the need for “rigorous equipment testing” and avoid over-reliance on a small number of suppliers.
G7 tech leaders discussed for the first time the importance of promoting security and stability in critical digital infrastructure, specifically highlighting 5G and future communications technologies.
Leaders stressed the need for a more secure and transparent ICT infrastructure supply chain, particularly in global telecoms. This will require a “rigorous equipment review” in line with existing measures, such as those found in the EU’s 5G toolbox.
Leaders met at the G7 Digital and Tech virtual ministerial meeting, prepared by the UK ahead of this year’s G7 Summit, to sign a declaration containing a number of principles relevant to the future of technology as the the country has recovered from the pandemic.
It was also announced that international regulators and policy makers will meet with the United Nations & Markets Authority (CMA) competition in the autumn to discuss long -term coordination and implementation to address market strength concerns of large tech platforms.
“As a coalition of the world’s leading democracies and technological powers, we want to forge a compelling vision of how tech should support and improve open and democratic societies in the digital age,” said digital secretary Oliver Dowden .
This comes after GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming warned that Western countries are unlikely to play a role in shaping critical technologies, such as cyber security, unless meaningful action can be taken. He stressed that the UK needs to make sure it has a diversity of suppliers when it comes to 5G infrastructure, referring to the former reliance on Chinese networking giant Huawei.
MPs warned the government in February of its reliance on only two 5G vendors, Ericsson and Nokia, after introducing legislation banning Huawei from 5G network infrastructure.
Worldwide, competition regulators are paying more attention to the market strength of large tech platforms. In the U.S., the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved a report seeking to curb Big Tech’s market dominance, with the possibility of vendor platforms being separate.
In Australia, the competition watchdog has released a report analyzing the dominance of Apple and Google storefronts, along with a number of recommendations that companies can use as it evaluates their market strength.
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