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The age of digital interdependence: Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation has just been released.
In July 2018 the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) appointed a panel to consider the question of “digital cooperation” – the ways we work together to address the social, ethical, legal and economic impact of digital technologies in order to maximize their benefits and minimize their harm. The Secretary-General asked the panel to consider how digital cooperation can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the ambitious agenda to protect people and the planet endorsed by 193 UN member states in 2015. He also asked the panel to consider models of digital cooperation to advance the debate surrounding governance in the digital sphere.
Co-Chairs• Melinda Gates (USA), Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation• Jack Ma (China), Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group
Members• Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi (UAE), Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, UAE• Yuichiro Anzai (Japan), Senior Advisor and Director of Center for Science Information Analysis, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science• Nikolai Astrup (Norway), Former Minister of International Development, now Minister of Digitalisation, Norway• Vinton Cerf (USA), Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google• Fadi Chehadé (USA), Chairman, Chehadé & Company• Sophie Soowon Eom (Republic of Korea), Founder of Adriel AI and Solidware• Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Executive Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School• Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace• Bogolo Kenewendo (Botswana), Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Botswana• Marina Kolesnik (Russian Federation), senior executive, entrepreneur and WEF Young Global Leader• Doris Leuthard (Switzerland), former President and Federal Councillor of the Swiss Confederation, Switzerland• Cathy Mulligan (United Kingdom), Visiting Researcher, Imperial College London and Chief Technology Officer of GovTech Labs at University College London• Akaliza Keza Ntwari (Rwanda), ICT advocate and entrepreneur• Edson Prestes (Brazil), Professor, Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul• Kira Radinsky (Israel), Director of Data Science, eBay• Nanjira Sambuli (Kenya), Senior Policy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation• Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Australia), Chief Executive, Oxfam GB• Jean Tirole (France), Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
Ex officio• Amandeep Singh Gill (India), Executive Director, Secretariat of the Highlevel Panel on Digital Cooperation• Jovan Kurbalija (Serbia), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
From the report:
Our dynamic digital world urgently needs improved digital cooperation and that we live in an age of digital interdependence. Such cooperation must be grounded in common human values – such as inclusiveness, respect, human-centredness, human rights, international law, transparency and sustainability. In periods of rapid change and uncertainty such as today, these shared values must be a common light which helps guide us...
We need to bring far more diverse voices to the table, particularly from developing countries and traditionally marginalised groups, such as women, youth, indigenous people, rural populations and older people...
The resulting report focuses on three broad sets of interlocking issues, each of which is discussed in one subsequent chapter:
Some of my observations about the report:
This report will be used to justify what any UN initiative does regarding ICT4D - and used to dissuade other proposals, like supporting the needs of human rights activists online, or initiatives that make a centerpiece of promoting accessible web design. And in that case, it's a mixed bag - a followup is most definitely needed.
See a list of all United Nations Tech4Good / ICT4D Initiatives to date.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
Thanks for this Jayne.. In the ITC4D field I have been more of a boots on the ground kind of guy but it is good to know what is happening.
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