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UN Secretary General Sets up Panel on Digital Cooperation

Published on July 15, 2018
UN aims for a clean cyber space. United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has established first-of-its-kind panel on digital cooperation aimed at addressing concerns of
UN Secretary General Sets up Panel on Digital Cooperation

cybersecurity threats and rise in hate speech.
  • The high-level panel on digital cooperation will be co-chaired by US philanthropist Melinda Gates and China-based Alibaba founder Jack Ma.

Structure of the Panel:

  • The panel will have 20 members in total and include leaders from technology, public policy, science and academia etc.
  • Senior Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill along with former diplomat Jovan Kurbalija will be executive directors of panel’s secretariat.

Objectives of the Panel:

  • It will map trends in digital technologies, identify gaps and opportunities and outline proposals for strengthening international cooperation.
  • It will focus on cyber-bullying, abuse rise, fake news, cyber crime and security aspects.

Why it is needed?

  • Digital technologies are expanding rapidly and are changing economies and societies at warp speed.
  • At the same time, world is only beginning to address its dark side– such as cybersecurity threats, risks of cyberwarfare, magnification of hate speech and violations of privacy.
  • Global community is also facing uncertainties about security, equity, ethics, and human rights in digital age.
  • Fake news, poisoning of data, electoral manipulation are concerns that have been highlighted by recent developments.
  • So there is need to seize potential of technology while safeguarding against risks and unintended consequences.
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