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The Biden administration is concerned about the rise of digital surveillance by authoritarian regimes and is leading a global effort to clamp down on access to American technology. The effort will create a code of conduct for the U.S. and its allies to coordinate export licensing policies and increase control when technologies are exported from the U.S.

  • Jennifer Hillman, senior fellow for trade and international political economy at the Council on Foreign Relations, said the United States, Australia, Denmark and Norway made an agreement at the recent Summit for Democracy to fight digital authoritarianism through increased export controls of technology that can empower surveillance states.
  • Hillman said authoritarian regimes are using surveillance technology, internet censorship and artificial intelligence to monitor, repress and manipulate domestic and foreign populations.
  • She said the Biden administration is working with other countries to limit exports of technology to China to target the country’s human rights violations.

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