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· As the rise of digital technologies begin to offer new opportunities and more ways to connect around the world, the United Nations Foundation addresses the importance of inclusion, human rights, and cooperation in the digital world.
· How are we handling the questions that technologies present today? What is the best way to support human rights in the digital world?
It’s not often that you get together a world-leading philanthropist, a global business magnate, a Nobel prize winner, a former president, a Minister of the Future, a Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur, and a digital rights activist to share their thoughts about the future of new technologies.
But on June 10, such a group, bolstered by experts on digital rights and cryptocurrency and a civil society leader, came forward to share its ideas for how the world can navigate the age of digital interdependence.
The group – led by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma – was convened last year by the United Nations Secretary-General as part of a larger set of work he has undertaken around new technologies. The Secretary-General gave the group, known as the “High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation,” an ambitious task: He asked it to identify new proposals to strengthen digital cooperation, accelerate and broaden the benefits of digital technologies, and better manage their associated risks and challenges to ensure a safer and more inclusive future.
Members of the panel quickly deployed around the world to better understand how digital technologies are offering new opportunities and presenting new challenges and to seek views from governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, and rights groups on how the world can harness the very best that digital and technology advancements offer to ensure a safer and more inclusive world.
Read the full article about the age of digital interdependence by Megan Roberts at the United Nations Foundation.