Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to people at a pavilion during an event of the Dual Year Germany-Mexico, at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City, Mexico June 10, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Reuters: Germany's Merkel says digital world needs global rules
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that the digital world needs regulations like those that exist for financial markets in the G20 and for trade under the World Trade Organization.
Global policymakers are facing uncharted territory as emerging technologies open new frontiers for regulation with the inter-networking of smart devices and trends in the automation of factories, dubbed Industry 4.0 by German politicians.
"We still have no international rules," Merkel said alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a visit to Mexico City, stressing that there were important security concerns without common standards.
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WNU Editor: Currently .... the tech companies are the ones who are responsible for taking down websites/social media posts that promote hate, violence, etc.. They are also the ones who notify authorities if crimes are being committed .... child pornography/terror information/etc.. But what German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants is something more, and that is an international body where governments determine what is (and what is not) permissible on the world wide web. I have another word for what the German Chancellor wants .... and that word is "censorship".