Panel 5. “Digital Future of Humanity: Impact of Technological Progress on Economy, Cyber Security and Social Values”

Panel 5. “Digital Future of Humanity: Impact of Technological Progress on Economy, Cyber Security and Social Values”

The globalizing world is characterized by progress of new technologies that have strong impact on jobs, life conditions, communication and security systems and ethical standards. Advancement within Internet of Things, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Fintech and Insurtech provide conditions for sustainable growth, could grant open access to resources, information and knowledge. But these developments could have profound implications for economic inequality and controversial effects on social life. New technologies could be seen as providing substantial benefits, but also pose risks for societies. More important than ever is a discourse on the balance between technical revolution, new markets, political systems, emerging world order, individual social benefits and data and identity protection. The panel will debate ways and competing concepts how to ensure reasonable and appropriate application of new technologies with participation of key stakeholders.

Main points for Panel Discussion:

  1. Digital sovereignty technologies and cybersecurity in the era of cyberwars and global insecurity
  2. Debating trust in institutions such as banks, governments, global corporations, charities and the media in the digital age by year 2030
  3. Challenges and opportunities of digitalization for political systems
  4. The advancements of Artificial Intelligence and the future of societies
  5. Exploring new kind of infrastructural violence: “Fake news,” botnets, internet abuse, algorithmic content etc.
  6. How is technological change impacting economic inequality and what can be done to use technology for the common good
  7. Mobile communication: the consequences for concentration, memories, analytical and critical thinking
  8. The digital divide and what chances have IT-underskilled people in the digital society

Moderators (TBC):

Ms Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament for Greece, Chair of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Prof. Jens Wendland

Head DOC RI Digitization Research