Enabling a Trusted Connected World

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The session discussed how the expansion of ICT infrastructure will ensure that it is secured in a manner that gives a sense of trust to all users.

Mr Kim Andreasson (Managing Director, DAKA Advisory AB) introduced the session and welcomed the panellists.

Mr Chaesub Lee (Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU) made brief opening remarks after which panellists were each asked to share their vision of what a trusted connected world was and how they saw it as necessity for the implementation of the sustainable development goals. Lee’s vision is for a trusted information infrastructure which moves away from the initial stages of building the infrastructure to ensuring that the information running on the infrastructure is safe.

H.E. Ing. David Ocampos (Minister, National Secretariat of Information Technology and Communications (SENATICs) Paraguay) sees secured and trusted networks taking two forms – a human aspect and a network aspect. He highlighted that a multistakeholder approach should be taken, just as has been championed for governance to ensure that both technical and non-technical stakeholders steer a discussion to ensure a trusted network.

Adding to what other panellists had said, Mr Richards Samans (Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum) pointed out that a way to ensure a trusted and connected world is to ensure there is a balance between the developed world and the developing world in terms of connectivity. He mentioned that proper regulation to ensure connectivity in developing countries may be a challenge but that  developed economies equally have issues when it comes to interoperability. Addressing these challenges would contribute to a trusted, connected world.

Ms Anriette Esterhuysen (Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)) shared her vision for a connected, trusted world.  First is to ensure the protection of rights online and offline. Second is to ensure that there is equality and inclusion of all citizens in ICTs. Third, she said, a connected world should be one that promotes peace and so the networks built should serve to enhance cooperation to enhance peace.

Mr Wouter Van Tol (Director of Sustainability and Citizenship, Samsung) addressed the issue by first highlighting Samsung’s Citizenship programme, a global initiative to bridge the knowledge gap so that youth are equipped to take up the new jobs a digitally connected world brings. Van Tol sees trust as something that can come about through enabling cooperation among businesses and educational institutions and government which will again help with building youth capacity. This will lead to building trust in the long run.

Addressing a follow-up question, all panellists shared their opinions of whether we are on course for achieving a trusted, connected world and made recommendations for the way forward: education to bridge the knowledge gap,  the right policy framework in developing countries in terms of policy and regulation, development and implementation of security standards,  and enhanced cooperation between governments and the technical community to drive the security agenda.

The session ended with inputs and questions from in situ and remote participants.

by Jacob Odame

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