The Prime Minister will make use of her speech in Davos to request investors to make use of their influence over tech companies, in yet another attempt to address extremist content and other illegal online behaviour.
Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, will praise the “transforming role of technology.” However, she says that firms big and small must do more in order to stop their platforms from being used to facilitate slavery, terrorism, or child abuse.
“No-one wants to be known as “the terrorists’ platform” or the first choice app for paedophiles,” Theresa May will say during the World Economic Forum tomorrow. Investors hold a “vital role” to play, and they must make use of their influence “to ensure these issues are taken seriously,” May will add.
May will also praise the recent intervention that was initiated by a group of shareholders, who demanded that Twitter and Facebook improve their work on sexual abuse and harassment more generally.
She will say: “Investors can make a big difference here by ensuring trust and safety issues are being properly considered. And I urge them to do so.”
May will also make use of her two days at the Alpine summit to host roundtable events with the life sciences and tech industries, emphasising her determination to establish the United Kingdom as a world leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI), which she will discuss can “revolutionise the possibilities for humanity.”
Harnessing the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence successfully – and addressing concerns – is one of the “greatest tests of leadership for our time,” and a challenge that the United Kingdom is planning to lead on.
The Prime Minister is also expected to announce that the United Kingdom is joining the new council on AI of the World Economic Forum to help in shaping global governance and applications of this new technology.
While PM May will utilise her speech to concentrate on the challenges and opportunities of technology, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor of Labour, will be beating a slightly different drum.
McDonell is planning “a warning for the global elite” that if the status quo fails to change, they will face a “social avalanche”.
The avowed anti-capitalist will suggest that unless the prevailing system will be “radically changed and its rules rewritten, people are not going to put up with it.”
“The Davos few have hoarded power and wealth and failed the many,” McDonell stated. “If they stand in the way of the change that’s needed, they risk raising the price they pay. Change is coming either way.”