White House to unveil alliance to curb human rights abuse of tech

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks astir his administration's efforts to easiness proviso concatenation issues during the vacation season, astatine the White House successful Washington, U.S., December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - The White House volition unveil a radical of countries adjacent week that person pledged to enactment unneurotic to curb exports of exertion that tin beryllium utilized by atrocious actors and repressive governments to interruption quality rights, elder medication officials said connected Thursday.

The announcement, which volition beryllium made arsenic portion of U.S. President Joe Biden's Summit for Democracy, is aimed astatine addressing "the misuse of definite dual-use technologies that tin pb to quality rights abuses" and ensuring "critical and emerging technologies enactment for and not against antiauthoritarian societies," the officials told reporters successful a briefing call.

The officials declined to sanction the countries that would articulation the radical oregon the technologies oregon users targetted by it, but said members would make and follow a "written nonbinding codification of behaviour oregon connection of principles intended to usher the exertion of quality rights criteria to export licensing policy."

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The officials singled retired China arsenic an illustration of a federation that has misused exertion to power its population.

Earlier this year, the Biden medication added Chinese companies to a commercialized blacklist for enabling quality rights abuses against Uigher Muslims and added Burmese entities pursuing the coup there. In October, it released a regularisation to power the export of items utilized for malicious cyber activities.

The medication invited conscionable implicit 100 authorities leaders to the virtual Democracy lawsuit connected Dec. 9 and 10, the archetypal of its kind, which aims to assistance halt antiauthoritarian backsliding and the erosion of rights and freedoms worldwide. The database does not see China oregon Russia.

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Reporting by Alexandra Alper successful Washington Editing by Matthew Lewis

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