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UN chief establishes panel on digital cooperation

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UN has established a first-of-its-kind panel on digital cooperation aimed at addressing concerns of cybersecurity threats and rise in and named senior Indian as the of the panel's secretariat.

The high-level panel on digital cooperation will be co-chaired by US philanthropist and China-based founder It will have 20 members in total and include leaders from industry, and academia.

is changing economies and societies at warp speed. At the same time, 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. As a global community, we face questions about security, equity, ethics, and human rights in a digital age, UN General Guterres told reporters at a press conference here yesterday.

Guterres has named as the of the panel's secretariat along with former

is India's and Permanent to the Conference on Disarmament in He joined the in 1992 and has served at the Indian missions in Tehran, Colombo and

From 2013-2016, he served as of the in the In 2017, he helped set up the on for India's Economic Transformation.

He is currently of Governmental Experts of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on emerging technologies in the area of He serves on the UN on Disarmament Matters.

Gill has a B Tech in and from Panjab University, Chandigarh and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from University. His PhD degree from London is on Nuclear Learning in Multilateral Forums.

Announcing the panel, Guterres said it is the first such panel of its kind and will comprise women and men at the frontiers of technology, public policy, science and academia.

He said as digital technologies expand rapidly, there is need to seize the potential of technology while safeguarding against risks and unintended consequences.

Guterres noted that is rapidly changing economies and this scale and pace of change is unprecedented.

But the current means and levels of international cooperation are unequal to the challenge, he said. I see the as a unique platform for dialogue in our digital age.

The panel will map trends in digital technologies, identify gaps and opportunities, and outline proposals for strengthening international cooperation.

The initiative comes after approximately a year of consultations involving his team and more than 120 member states, industry and A senior UN official, briefing the media about the panel, said it will focus on cyber-bullying, cyber crime and security aspects.

"There is scope for exploring if there are further ways to strengthen international cooperation to prevent some of the malicious uses" such as online bullying, abuse and rise in fake that has come about with the growth in digital technologies.

"Fake news, electoral manipulation, poisoning of data are concerns that have been highlighted by recent developments and it is natural that these would be part of the discussion also. This have also been highlighted by the member states that have been consulted in the run-up to the announcement of the panel," the UN said.

In line with the panel's nine-month mandate, its members will meet twice; first in in September during the UN General Assembly, and then in next January. There will also be opportunities to consult with

Members of the panel include of Cabinet Affairs and the Future UAE Mohammed Al Gergawi, of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Yuichiro Anzai, Norway's of International Development Nikolai Astrup, and at Vinton Cerf, Botswana's of Investment, Trade and Industry Bogolo Kenewendo, of for Cryptocurrency from UK and at

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 14:25 IST