The July 7-8, 2017 G20 Leaders’ Declaration includes good language on harnessing digitalization. SIIA hopes that the ideas in this and other sections of the Declaration will contribute to “Shaping an interconnected world.” Supporting the free flow of information while respecting applicable legal frameworks for privacy, data protection, and intellectual property rights is the correct approach.
The leaders said that the G20 Roadmap for Digitalisation, which can be found here (see Annex paper 1), will guide future work. The roadmap contains 11 policy areas where the G20 would like to see action.
The G20 wants to improve world-wide access to digital technologies, which means more people need to have access to the Internet. So, the leaders encourage G20 countries to develop digital strategies that support the ITU’s Global Connect 2020 Agenda goals. The optimal way to do so is for countries to have a regulatory environme ...