Global Technology Governance Summit 2020

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An urgent need for public-private collaboration

The world is experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which data has arguably become the world’s most valuable resource. In this context, technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones, gene editing and the internet of things could lift communities out of poverty, cure diseases and restore balance to our oceans and natural ecosystems. Or, they could exacerbate economic inequality, job displacement, environmental degradation and societal tensions. Public-private collaboration is key to making the right choices for future generations.Governments must contend with stewarding rapid technological advances. Companies must contend with the societal impact of their innovations. Both must address an urgent need for a faster, more agile approach to governing emerging technologies and the business models they enable. They must also face a broad range of security issues. From Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation to the G20’s Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) framework, leaders are navigating an increasingly complex patchwork of global policies rife with uncertainty. Collaboration is key to setting the right future course.

Key stakeholders

The Forum will convene 400 leaders from across its stakeholder communities around the world, including:

–Industry leaders from the most influential corporations developing and deploying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies

–Government leaders directing the world’s most forward-leaning efforts to govern emerging technologies at the global, regional and national levels

–Technology innovators building cutting-edge start-ups and pushing the boundaries of new technologies San Francisco, USA 21-22 April

–Civil society leaders representing non-governmental, ethics, human rights and labour organizations at the vanguard of efforts to ensure that new technologies are human-centred and benefit all
–Academic and Think Tank leaders bringing cutting edge research on emerging technologies and insights into their cultural, professional and legal ramifications
Outcomes and impact
Over the two days of the Global Technology Governance Summit, participants will:
–Debate the most pressing challenges in technology governance in plenary and official sessions
–Catalyse collective action on specific technology policy frameworks and governance protocols in working sessions with key decision-makers
–Scale up proven policy approaches from around the world that have been successfully piloted
–Explore the frontiers of research and development to anticipate where new technologies are likely to emerge
The agenda of the summit will be developed in close collaboration with the Network’s advisory board and the Forum’s Global 4IR Councils and Global Future Councils.Topics featured in the programme include:
–Creating New Models for the Data Economy
–Facilitating the Free Flow of Trusted Data
–Protecting Privacy and Empowering Users
–Designing for Safety and Security
–Ensuring Wide Access to New Technologies
–Accelerating Agile Policy
The proposals and findings of the summit will be shared with more than 5,000 members of the Forum’s Global Expert Network and over 300,000 users of its Transformation Maps, which are a suite of tools incorporating expert and machine-curated knowledge to visualize and understand 120+ topics.