AI and global divide: Chancellor Scholz’s message to UNGA78

Germany’s chancellor Olaf Scholz noted that it is fostering exchanges on the Global Digital Compact to ensure that access to AI is not limited to richer countries, causing a deeper digital divide.

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In his address at UNGA78, Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, underscored the immense potential of AI, but also drew attention to the associated risks. Scholz pointed out the potential for AI to exacerbate global divisions, either through the monopolization of its benefits by a select few or due to the limitations of its algorithms in comprehending the full scope of reality. Notably, Scholz emphasised the necessity of establishing common regulations for the use of generative AI as a potential weapon.

These concerns have motivated Germany to actively engage in the Global Digital Compact, an initiative dedicated to fostering international cooperation in the realm of digital technology.

The Global Digital Compact is a proposition outlined within the Common Agenda by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. Its primary objective is to foster collaboration among governments, private sector entities, civil society organisations, and various stakeholders. Together, they aim to uphold a common set of principles and commitments. This initiative underscores the importance of international cooperation in addressing challenges such as cyber threats, misinformation, and disinformation, and bridging the digital divide. Dig Watch Observatory provides comprehensive coverage and mapping of the most recent developments regarding the Global Digital Compact. To learn more, please visit our dedicated web page.

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