ITU global symposium focuses on digital transformation

The ITU Global Symposium for Regulators 2018 (GSR‐18) —the world’s eminent gathering of the global ICT regulatory community—takes place from 9 to 12 July in Geneva, Switzerland debates on how today’s digital transformation is impacting all aspects of our daily lives and extending regulatory frontiers.

“Over the years the Global Symposium for Regulators has provided regulators and policy-makers with a unique platform to share views on how policy and regulations can be used to unleash the opportunities brought about by new technologies and business models,” says Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General.

GSR-18 brings together policy makers, regulators and businesses from around the world to collaborate and define innovative regulatory responses that drive real changes in people’s lives.

“Today’s digital transformation is bringing important changes for all: with emerging technologies, ICTs increasingly power and enable the global economy,” says Sorin Grindeanu, Chair of GSR-18.

“Now, more than ever, we need to come together for an open dialogue to develop new and innovative approaches to implement effective collaborative regulation—not only among ICT policy-makers and regulators, but also across sectors,” added Grindeanu.

Topics to be discussed at four day GSR-18 include: Emerging technologies for digital transformation; Artificial intelligence for development;

New regulatory frontiers; Digital identity across different platforms; Protection of personal data in a smart data-driven economy; and New sustainable investment models.

Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau said, “Regulators need to create the foundation upon which digital transformation can achieve its full potential.”

A thematic “Global Dialogue on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity – Policy and regulatory challenges and opportunities,” was scheduled for 9 July.


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