An urgent need for public-private collaboration: The world is experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which data has arguably become the world's most valuable resource. In this context, technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones, gene editing and the internet of things could lift communities out of poverty, cure diseases and restore balance to our oceans and natural ecosystems. Or, they could exacerbate economic inequality, job displacement, environmental degradation, and societal tensions. Public-private collaboration is key to making the right choices for future generations.
Governments must contend with stewarding rapid technological advances. Companies must contend with the societal impact of their innovations. Both must address an urgent need for a faster, more agile approach to governing emerging technologies and the business models they enable. They must also face a broad range of security issues. From Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation to the G20’s Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) framework, leaders are navigating an increasingly complex patchwork of global policies rife with uncertainty. Collaboration is key to setting the right future course.
Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The World Economic Forum launched the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Global Network to shape the development and application of emerging technologies for the benefit of humanity. Over the past two years, the Network has developed and implemented innovative policy frameworks and governance protocols with more than 30 government partners,150 companies and other leading institutions through its offices in the United States, China, India, and Japan. It has also launched affiliate centres in Colombia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates with new affiliates in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia coming on board in 2020.
The inaugural Global Technology Governance Summit (GTGS) will convene these key stakeholders at the Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the Presidio of San Francisco. The GTGS aims to be the foremost global multistakeholder gathering dedicated to ensuring the responsible design and deployment of emerging technologies through public-private collaboration.
The summit will enable leaders from government, industry, science and civil society to:
The Forum will convene 400 leaders from across its stakeholder communities around the world, including: