“The EU and United States reaffirmed their strong partnership in favor of a global, open, stable and secure cyberspace where the rule of law fully applies, where the same rights that individuals have offline are protected online, and where the security, economic growth, prosperity, and integrity of free and democratic societies is promoted and preserved.” – EU-U.S. Cyber Dialogue – Joint Elements Statement, October 2018
A fundamental premise of the 21st century economy is the steadily growing use of digital technologies. Along with the many positive benefits that have accrued to nations have come a range of new challenges and dangers. How governments respond to those challenges will have a major impact on economic growth and development around the world. While there are differences among transatlantic partners on issues as varied as privacy and regulation, our fundamental values goals are aligned.
The United States and the EU and United States have repeatedly reaffirmed their strong support for the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance and encourage all stakeholders to strengthen existing Internet governance mechanisms, including the Internet Governance Forum as the premier multi-stakeholder venue for dialogue on Internet-related public policy issues. They have also continued to work together to address the digital divide to enable economic growth, social development, and increasing cyber resilience towards cyber threats and hold States accountable for actions that are contrary to the growing consensus on responsible state behavior in cyberspace.