Joint Statement on the Inaugural U.S.-Sweden Cyber and Digital Dialogue – United States Department of State

The following joint statement was issued by the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden on the occasion of the inaugural US-Sweden Cyber ​​and Digital Dialogue.

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The United States and Sweden held their inaugural bilateral Cyber ​​and Digital Dialogue on May 2, 2024 in Washington, DC. The United States and Sweden reaffirmed their ongoing partnership on cyberspace and digital policy issues. Both sides reiterated their commitment to promote an open, free, global, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and stable cyberspace, and to protect and respect human rights online.

U.S. and Swedish officials exchanged views on the importance of strengthening the security of the ICT ecosystem and protecting privacy, intellectual property rights, and respect for human rights. This includes promoting the development and deployment of secure and reliable 5G networks in advanced and emerging economies to help ensure that countries, companies and citizens can trust the companies that provide ICT equipment, software and services , they are not subject to authoritarian rule that can coerce them. To share personal data without judicial recourse. Both sides recognized the progress made in open radio access networks, including industry scale, security, cost efficiency, sustainability and performance. The two sides decided to advance strategic cooperation on reliable connectivity, including exploring opportunities to leverage the co-financing arrangement between the US Export-Import Bank and EKN, Sweden’s export credit agency. Both sides agreed to promote open and transparent digital ecosystems and reliable digital infrastructure in partner countries, noting the recently expanded cooperation between development agencies SIDA and USAID on poverty alleviation through science, technology, innovation and partnerships. It was also decided to step up cooperation in giving.

Both sides reiterated the importance of cooperation on common principles for research and development of 6G and futureG wireless communication systems. The two sides also acknowledged the recent MoU on Scientific and Technological Research Cooperation between the US National Science Foundation, Sweden’s Innovation Agency Vinnova and the Swedish Research Council to promote collaboration on next generation networks including 6G, as well as research areas such as artificial intelligence. welcomed. Intelligence and Machine Learning; chemical sensing; Quantum Information Science; and STEM education. The United States and Sweden plan to explore further opportunities to advance bilateral cooperation in advanced wireless, including 6G.

The two sides discussed a range of digital policy issues, including cybersecurity of cloud services, AI governance and secure and reliable data flows, emphasizing their importance in supporting stronger transatlantic digital cooperation and a competitive and innovative digital economy. US and Swedish officials welcomed the discussions on the UN Global Digital Compact, which Sweden and Zambia co-facilitate.

The cyber and digital dialogue included exchanges on trust, privacy and accountability in cyberspace and identified further actions to strengthen cooperation to investigate, prevent, disrupt and otherwise respond to malicious cyber activity. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the United Nations framework for responsible state behavior in cyberspace based on the application of international law, adherence to voluntary norms and implementation of cyber confidence-building measures. Both parties continue to promote the establishment of the United Nations Cyber ​​Program of Action to advance and support States in the implementation of the framework. Both sides discussed further coordination to enact legislation in line with the provisions of the Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe (Budapest Convention) and to advocate for third countries to accede to the treaty. U.S. and Swedish officials reaffirmed the importance of bilateral and multilateral cooperation to combat cybercrime, including through the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee process. Recognizing the increase in cyber threats, both sides discussed deepening their cooperation in advanced cyber resilience, including information sharing between law enforcement and Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), conducting cyber exercises, AI and This includes addressing other emerging technology-related cybersecurity risks. and addressing challenges related to quantum-resistant cryptography. The two sides discussed ways to continue cybersecurity assistance to Ukraine, including through the Tallinn Mechanism.

Both sides stressed the importance of information integrity and exchanged views on how to take it forward. The officials also discussed ongoing cooperation on combating the spread and abuse of commercial spyware and noted the importance of ensuring that the development and use of AI is rights-respecting.

Nathaniel Fick, Ambassador-at-Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy at the U.S. Department of State, and Andres Jatto, Ambassador-at-Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, opened the dialogue with opening remarks, highlighting the importance of U.S.-led cyber and digital issues. Swedish cooperation on. On the US side, the talks were co-chaired by Steve Lang, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Information and Communications Policy for the Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy at the US Department of State, and Lisle Franz, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Cyberspace Security. Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy at the US Department of State. The United States was also represented by the Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of the National Cyber ​​Director, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards, and the United States. Technology, the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the International Trade Administration, and the Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Department of Commerce. Sweden was represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, National Security Council, and the Embassy of Sweden to the United States.

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