UN makes ‘declaration of digital interdependence’, with release of tech report

The digital future must be safer and more inclusive, says a new tech report, “the Age of Digital Interdependence”, released on Monday by the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, almost a year after the Panel was launched by Secretary-General António Guterres.

The launch included a “declaration of digital interdependence” on the part of the study’s authors, which describes humanity as being “in the foothills” of the digital age. It also lays out the risks faced by mankind, such as exploitative behaviour by private companies, a failure to realize human potential, and the stifling of necessary regulation.

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Internet pioneer: Education, smart regulation needed for digital future
Senior Google executive and internet pioneer, Vint Cerf, has called for the introduction of smart regulation “guard rails”, and improved digital education for tech professionals and the general public, as the UN published a landmark report on Monday towards creating a safer more inclusive digital future.

Mr. Cerf is recognized as one of the internet’s founding fathers, and in his role as “Chief Internet Evangelist” at Web giant Google, he continues to play a high-profile role as a thought leader in the tech sector.

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