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L’importanza della ‘tech diplomacy’ – The importance of ‘tech diplomacy’

Anche agli occhi dei poco informati o dei non esperti, la partita degli ‘standard tecnologici’ ha un rilevante valore geopolitico. Ne scrivono Arindrajit Basu, Baani Grewal and Bart Hogeveen per The Strategist (High time for Australia and India to step up their tech diplomacy): The ability to shape global standards is of immense geopolitical and economic value to states and companies. Harmonisation of internationally recognised standards serves as the bedrock for global trade and commerce. States that can export their domestic technological standards internationally are giving their companies a massive competitive advantage. Also, companies draw huge revenues from holding patents to technologies that are essential for complying with a certain standard and licensing them to other players that want to enter the market.

Gli Autori scrivono di una partnership strategica tra Australia e India per collaborare a costruire un ambiente democratico per gli standard tecnologici nell’area dell’Indo-Pacifico.

Il tema è sensibile, soprattutto rispetto alla Cina e ai suoi progressi nei campi del 5G e dell’intelligenza artificiale.

L’innovazione tecnologica, e la necessità della sua regolazione a livello globale, è il terreno di competizione del futuro già presente. Nulla di nuovo ma ciò che vogliamo sottolineare è la necessità crescente di tavoli di dialogo strategico su una questione che sta trasformando le nostre vite e le relazioni internazionali. Lavorare sulla ‘tech diplomacy’ è una prospettiva assai interessante e decisiva per guardare alle tecnologie, pur nella ineliminabile competizione, come ‘bene comune’ dell’umanità per il futuro sostenibile del pianeta.

English version

Even for the uninformed or non-expert, the ‘technology standards’ game has significant geopolitical value. Arindrajit Basu, Baani Grewal and Bart Hogeveen write about it for The Strategist (High time for Australia and India to step up their tech diplomacy): The ability to shape global standards is of immense geopolitical and economic value to states and companies. Harmonisation of internationally recognised standards serves as the bedrock for global trade and commerce. States that can export their domestic technological standards internationally are giving their companies a massive competitive advantage. Also, companies draw huge revenues from holding patents to technologies that are essential for complying with a certain standard and licensing them to other players that want to enter the market.

The authors write about a strategic partnership between Australia and India to work together to build a democratic environment for technological standards in the Indo-Pacific.

The topic is sensitive, especially with respect to China and its progress in the fields of 5G and artificial intelligence.

Technological innovation, and the need for its regulation on a global level, is the competitive terrain of the future already present. Nothing new, but what we want to emphasise is the growing need for strategic dialogue tables on an issue that is transforming our lives and international relations. Working on ‘tech diplomacy’ is a very interesting and decisive perspective to look at technologies, even in the unavoidable competition, as a ‘common good’ of humanity for the sustainable future of the planet.