The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the Quad, recently announced various technology initiatives aimed at establishing global cooperation on critical and emerging technologies, such as AI, 5G, cybersecurity and semiconductors.

The various technology initiatives were announced after the leaders of Quad countries comprised of Australia, India, Japan, and the US  met few days back which marked the group coming together in person for the first time.

Among the initiatives announced by the security bloc was the intention to develop new global cyber security standards across various technology sectors.

As part of work to be undertaken towards establishing these global technology standards, the Quad said it would publish a Quad Statement of Principles, which will be a guide for implementing responsible, open, high-standards innovation.

Key inputs shared in regards to cyber security:

  • A new Quad Senior Cyber Group will also be established. The group will consist of “leader-level experts” who will meet regularly to advance work between government and industry to drive the adoption and implementation of shared cyber standards.
  • Development of secure software; growth of the tech workforce; and promotion of scalability and cyber security of secure and trustworthy digital infrastructure.
  • The security bloc will also begin cooperation focused on space and combatting cyber threats, promoting resilience, and securing critical infrastructure together, the countries said.
  • For space specifically, the Quad nations will identify new collaboration opportunities and share satellite data for peaceful purposes such as monitoring climate change, disaster response and preparedness, sustainable uses of oceans and marine resources, and on responding to challenges in shared domains.
  • Other technology initiatives announced include new fellowship that will be established together with industry. The fellowship will provide 100 graduate fellowships to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduate students across the 4 countries.
  • New initiatives to improve semiconductor supply chains, 5G deployment and diversification, and monitor biotech scanning trends were also announced.

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