Rule of law and global cooperation vital to address threats posed by new technology
The 13th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) concluded on 14 November in Paris, highlighting the importance of the rule of law and global cooperation to ensure a safe cyberspace.
“Digital solutions are transforming lives and can turbocharge our work to achieve the SDGs,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his opening statement of the Forum, “but alongside the tremendous benefits that it can bring, new issues have emerged around cybersecurity, data and artificial intelligence. We see the Internet being used as a platform for hate speech, for repression, censorship, and control.”
More than 3,000 participants, including high-level government officials, civil society leaders, private sector and internet policy experts from 143 countries, attended the three-day Forum. Under the title ‘Internet of Trust’, the Forum facilitated discussions on how to promote positive impacts of new technologies and how they can realize their full social and economic potential while also looking at curbing the more insidious uses of the Internet.
“We are living in a true digital revolution which is considered as the greatest single enabler of sustainable development,” said UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin. “We should galvanise the momentum to mobilize technology and innovation for the service of people and not allow them to result in polarization and division.”
This annual Forum maximizes the opportunity for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas on Internet governance (IG) related issues; creates opportunities to share best practices and experiences; identifies emerging issues and bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the public; and contributes to capacity building for Internet governance.
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