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G7 Wants Better to Protect Submarine Cables, Including Discussion About AI

G7 Wants Better to Protect Submarine Cables, Including Discussion About AI

The G7, the group of the seven richest industrialized countries, wants to improve the safety of data cables on the seabed. They committed to this during a digital meeting in Takasaki, Japan, until Sunday.

After the explosion of gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 off the coast of the Danish island of Bornholm, fears increased in the West that important communication links could also become a target during a conflict. Both explosions are based on sabotage, but it remains unclear who is behind it.

According to the final statement of the G7 and the European Union, layered networks must be maintained for the security of data connections. It is also vital that the different networks are compatible so that switching can occur in emergencies.

The G7 countries (Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States) want to cooperate more closely regarding digital themes. That includes artificial intelligence, which is coming to the fore in more and more aspects of life. Just think of the chatbot ChatGPT, for example.

The final statement states that opportunities and challenges accompany artificial intelligence. Subsequent rounds of talks could, therefore, also be about regulations.

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