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World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech

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Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe.

At last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, several world leaders made the case for global technology regulation.

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Several world leaders urged global technology regulation at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his country, which will chair this year's Group of 20 nations, will move to advance an international data governance system as an expansion of World Trade Organization rules.

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa also pointed to greater tech oversight as an issue that African Union leaders will emphasize at a meeting next month.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a "common digital market" in the European Union, and said global data governance is essential to blocking opposition from those fearing technological change's rapid pace.

Merkel also cited ethical standards in artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, and management and ownership of data, as areas where rules are especially vital.

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