On 12 July 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres established a High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
The panel was asked to contribute to the broader public debate on strengthening cooperation and promoting interdisciplinary views in the digital space to ensure a safe and inclusive future for all taking into account relevant human rights norms.
Speaking about the panel, Guterres said that digital technology is changing economies and societies “at warp speed.” He pointed out that the UN can provide a unique platform for the dialogue and international cooperation critical to realizing the full potential of digital technologies, safeguarding against risks, and contributing to the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.
Co-chaired by Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, the panel consists of 20 members each representing a cross-section of expertise from government, private industry, civil society, academia and the technical community.
It is expected to identify gaps in information, research, and policy, and to make proposals to bolster international cooperation in the digital space. At the end of nine months, the panel will submit a final report to the Secretary-General.
Global Pulse welcomes this initiative and finds its creation opportune.
For over eight years, Global Pulse has been working closely with partners across many disciplines and geographies to unlock the benefits of big data and data analytics for the public good. To do so, it supports practitioners in the UN and Governments to experiment, design and implement innovative applications, works with policymakers to encourage regulatory reform, and provides guidance and technical assistance to mainstream adoption of data innovation.
The timely appointment of this panel affords new opportunities to advance these goals and to make sure that when technology can be used to benefit people, this is done in the most responsible and fair way.
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