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UN panel to deal with "dark side" of digital technologies

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UN Antonio has set up a High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation with people at the "frontiers of technology" and public policy to deal with the "dark side" of digital innovation like and proliferation of hate speech.

He has appointed Indian as the of the panel's secretariat.

The 20-member panel is co-chaired by Jack Ma, the of the Chinese technology and Ali Baba, and Melinda Gates, the wife of Bill Gates and of the Bill and Foundation.

"The Panel will map trends in digital technologies, identify gaps and opportunities, and outline proposals for strengthening international cooperation," said on Thursday.

While "new tech developments from to blockchain and robotics are emerging every day," he said "the world is only beginning to address the dark side of innovation -- such as cybersecurity threats, the risks of cyberwarfare, the magnification of hate speech, and violations of privacy."

"We need to seize the potential of technology while safeguarding against risks and unintended consequences," he said.

He said he expected the panel, which is to hold its first meeting in September, to give him a report in nine months.

"It will contribute to the broader public debate on the importance of cooperative and interdisciplinary approaches to the full range of digital challenges," he added.

Gill was India's to the Disarmament Conference in

A member of the 1992 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, he has a B Tech degree from

A senior UN who briefed the media about the scope of the panel's work said that the panel would look for ways to promote use of digital technologies across regions and maximise their "transformative potential" while safeguarding against risks.

It would emphasise dialogue between sectors and between nations to develop cooperation in developing and deploying new technologies while eschewing a "beggar-thy-neighbour approach," the said.

It would also address the inequalities among countries as well as segments of societies within nations, especially through adapting technological innovations, the added.

The panel will not replicate the work of any existing institutions, the official said.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 08:24 IST
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