During a recent visit to Mexico City, Mexico, Angela Merkel demanded the establishment of global rules to accompany the digital sector. “We still have no international rules”, the German chancellor lamented, before going on to add that this posed a tremendous problem.
Germany is due to host the G20 meeting – a meeting of the 20 major economies in the world – in Hamburg, Germany in July 2017. Germany is encouraging other countries to collaborate together to form a concrete digital plan, which will include the promotion of fast internet for all as well as agreement on technical standards.
In many respects, Angela Merkel’s calls mirror the words of Theresa May in the 2017 Conservative Manifesto: “The internet is a global network and it is only by concerted global action that we can make true progress.” Furthermore, the manifesto also laid out that “we will open discussions with the leading tech companies and other like-minded democracies about the global rules of the digital economy, to develop an international legal framework".