BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) and Australia held their second Digital Dialogue virtually yesterday.

The EU-Australia Digital Dialogue aims to promote an inclusive digital transformation and foster innovation. Both partners share a strong commitment to democracy, rule of law and human rights. In a rapidly evolving digital world, the EU and Australia have decided to resume their digital dialogue after a break due to the pandemic.

On the occasion of the Digital Dialogue, the EU and Australia agreed to increased and systematic cooperation on platforms and, as a specific concrete step, signed an Administrative Agreement to support the enforcement of social media regulations. The Partners also exchanged information on artificial intelligence (AI): the EU sharing its experience with setting up the AI Act currently entering into force, and how the AI Office will be guiding research and innovation activities as well as defining international engagement on various aspects of AI.

Additionally, the EU and Australia agreed to explore ways to promote a human-centric data economy that is secure, interoperable and trustworthy. The partners also acknowledged international cooperation on cybersecurity can play an important role in maintaining a global, open, stable and secure cyberspace by protecting critical infrastructure and exchanging on ransomware and situational awareness. In this context, the EU and Australia discussed secured connectivity, including submarine cables.

The Digital Dialogue was opened by Roberto Viola, Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission. It was co-chaired by Thibaut Kleiner, Director for Policy Strategy and Outreach at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and by Australian Deputy Secretary Helen Wilson.