- There is an urgent want to create trust and unlock the value of digital technologies for the benefit of all.
- In collaboration with Huawei Technologies, the Financial Times held a seminar this week to discuss the urgent need to build trust and unlock the value of digital technologies for the common good.
Together with Rene Arnold, Vice President of Public Affairs Strategy at Huawei, Joanna Bryson, Professor of Ethics or Technology at The Hertie School of Governance, and Rohinton Medhora. President of the CIGI in Canada. They investigated what steps must be taken to realize the benefits of responsible and accountable digital technologies and promote human, social, and environmental well-being.
The discussion focused on how technology can foster trust for the greater good, including ensuring that technology is a force for social or economic well-being. Further, those technological risks are minimized to promote trust. The following were the seminar’s key recommendations for “Ensuring the Ethical and Responsible Use of Digital Technologies”:
“Many people believe that transparency is the most important thing we want, but in fact, we want accountability and responsibility,” Bryson said of the importance of regulating technology.
“The goal is responsible behavior, accountability is the means of enforcing responsibility, and transparency is one way to ensure accurate accountability.”
She compared it to the fact that bankers can be audited despite not knowing what the synapses in their heads are doing. “Breathing is regulation; it keeps an entity alive in the future.”
Rather than emphasizing the concept of preventing people and technology from doing something, regulation is necessary to support overall system stability and product maintenance.
Bryson went on to say that, just as companies must engage across borders, countries must also cooperate, particularly in terms of regulation. Other organizations, such as journalists and activists, may also assist. In terms of connecting the unconnected, all participants agreed on the importance of addressing the issue.
Despite the challenges that technology faces, connectivity and ensuring that more people are connected should be the end goal.
“Even those without an internet connection are affected by those who are connected, making it even more critical to provide connectivity to such disadvantaged populations,” Arnold explained.
Source: Huawei News
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