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International: UK and Australia sign MoU to enhance cooperation in online safety and security

On February 20, 2024, the UK Government announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australia to enhance cooperation in online safety and security. The MoU will help amplify the world-class regulatory regimes in both countries, including the UK's Online Safety Act 2023, and Australia's Online Safety Act 2021. In addition, the MoU will seek to make the two countries the safest places in the world to be online.

The MoU outlines key principles underscoring the approach of both countries and areas of increased collaboration, including:

  • the UK and Australia's shared commitment to upholding and promoting human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy, and the rule of law, both online and offline;
  • a wide range of digital online safety and security issues in the scope of the agreement, including illegal content, child safety, age assurance, technology-facilitated gender-based violence, and addressing harms caused by rapidly changing technology, such as generative artificial intelligence (AI); and
  • a commitment to in-person dialogues, coordinated bilateral and multilateral engagement, regulatory engagement, shared research projects, and working with industry to address safety challenges posed by design choices.

You can read the press release here.