Statement by NSC spokesperson Emily Horne on US support for the 3rd annual Prague 5G security conference

President Biden and the United States government consider 5G security a high priority and advocate for a vibrant digital economy around the world. 5G is the future of the internet and will affect all aspects of our lives. Countries and citizens must be able to trust that 5G equipment and software will not threaten national security, privacy or human rights. The challenges of securing these networks could not be greater. The United States believes that 5G security can only be effectively addressed through a truly global approach and we commit to engage with all of our allies and partners to promote an information and communications technology infrastructure. open, interoperable, secure and reliable, backed by a diverse and trusted supply chain of suppliers.

Reflecting the priority we place on secure and interoperable 5G networks, the United States participated in the third annual Prague 5G Security Conference. We applaud the publication by the Czech Republic of the “Prague Proposals on the Diversity of Telecommunications Providers (Proposals)” and thank them for their leadership and collaboration. These proposals underscore the vital role of governments in promoting reliable, secure and resilient telecommunications, which are fundamental to our privacy and security online. The United States supports these proposals, which build on previous efforts with the G7 and Quad, and we intend to promote them in our global commitments on 5G, which is the future of internet connectivity.

The United States further appreciates the Czech Republic’s leadership in identifying and seeking solutions to the security challenges posed by the development and deployment of emerging and disruptive technologies and the publication of “Prague Proposals 2.0 on Cyber Security of Emerging and Disruptive Technologies, ”at the conference. We also commend the Czech Republic for hosting a successful side event on the diversity of telecommunications providers. Participants, including senior American speakers, discussed the importance of this issue, how the United States is moving it forward, and underscored the growing need for shared international principles like those outlined in the proposals.

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