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Australia and the United Kingdom unite to advance online safety and security

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Australia and the United Kingdom are forging a strong partnership aimed at enhancing online safety and security for their citizens. The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two nations signifies a collaborative effort to address the evolving challenges of the digital age.

One of the primary objectives outlined in the MoU is to improve cybersecurity measures. With cyber threats becoming more sophisticated and widespread, cooperation between countries is crucial in developing effective strategies to combat these threats. By sharing expertise, intelligence and resources, Australia and the UK are poised to strengthen their cyber defences and protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

The MoU also emphasises the importance of promoting online safety and protecting vulnerable individuals, particularly children, from online harms. This includes initiatives to raise awareness about cyberbullying, grooming, and harmful content, as well as measures to enhance online safety education and support services.

Furthermore, the partnership extends to addressing emerging challenges such as misinformation and disinformation campaigns as well as increased risks posed by generative artificial intelligence. By collaborating on strategies to counter the spread of false information and promote digital literacy, Australia and the UK are working towards creating a more informed and resilient online environment.

The MoU between Australia and the UK builds upon the UK’s Online Safety Act 2023 and Australia’s Online Safety Act 2021 to set a positive example for international cooperation in the realm of cybersecurity and online safety. By leveraging their respective strengths and resources, both nations are committed to safeguarding their citizens and ensuring a safer and more secure digital space for all. Australia’s Minister for Communications will also meet with counterparties from Belgium and Spain to discuss further online safety and digital platform regulation reforms.

For a full reading of the media release, see here.

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