French President Emmanuel Macron has looked for the previous three years to persuade tech giants into collaborating with governments on a collection of worldwide challenges similar to preventing hate speech on-line, preserving privateness or contributing to state coffers.
Amid a public outcry about know-how teams’ good fortunes in the course of the coronavirus pandemic this 12 months, Macron’s advisers mentioned on Monday that the president had requested tech corporations to enroll to a brand new initiative known as “Tech for Good Name” underlining ideas for the post-COVID world.
The French authorities launched a listing of 75 executives of tech corporations that had signed as much as the initiative up to now, together with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft President Brad Smith. Apple and Amazon had been notably absent from the listing.
Apple declined to remark, however French officers mentioned talks with the group had been ongoing and so they may nonetheless be a part of the initiative, particulars of which can be printed formally by Tuesday. A consultant for Amazon, which French officers mentioned had declined to affix the initiative, didn’t return a request for remark.
“The purpose can be to… observe objectively those that resolve to play ball and align their curiosity with people and societies and those that keep out of this joint motion,” a presidential adviser instructed a press briefing.
Main tech executives similar to Fb’s Zuckerberg attended the so-called “Tech for Good” summit hosted by the French president on the Elysee Palace in 2018, which gave beginning to working teams on points which have develop into sources of stress between governments and “Huge Tech”.
The brand new initiative just isn’t legally binding, however French officers mentioned Macron will use it as a software to affect upcoming negotiations at world boards on regulating Huge Tech.
The U.S. and European governments have clashed over the problem of taxing Huge Tech throughout talks on the OECD.
Signatories to the “Tech for Good Name” decide to “contribute pretty to the taxes in international locations the place (they) function”; forestall the dissemination of “baby sexual abuse materials, terrorist or excessive violence on-line contents”; and “assist the ecological transition”, amongst different issues.