Champagne backs call for international forum on tech policy

Then-trade minister François-Philippe Champagne signs the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in Santiago, Chile in March 2018. Claudio Reyes/AFP via Getty Images

Federal Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne is backing calls to establish a multilateral group to coordinate technology policy across countries, as companies and lawmakers seek to avoid fragmented regulation of data practices, AI and other fields.  

“Anything that we can do on the international stage to make sure that we promote standards and rules and norms [to ensure] more resilience, and that [participating countries] can succeed in the new economy, is certainly something that I see positively,” he said in an interview with The Logic. Champagne specifically cited the T12, a proposal to align a dozen “techno-democracies” championed by influential U.S. foreign policy experts and tech executives at firms including Google.

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