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SZIJJÁRTÓ: TECH OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES, CARRIES DANGERS

 

Technological developments offer huge opportunities but carry risks, too, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade, told the Council of Europe (CoE) on Thursday. “It is untenable that giant tech companies or their CEOs decide which of the democratically elected politicians are allowed to maintain links with their electors via the Internet,” Szijjártó said. This is perhaps the biggest danger freedom of expression and democracy are exposed to, he said. During the first event of its CoE presidency, Hungary hosted an online discussion on artificial intelligence and the regulation of tech giants “with our Cyprian friends”, the minister said on Facebook.