Boris Johnson To Deliver Special Address At Carnegie India’s Global Technology Summit
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The summit is co-hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
As the world sizes up the challenge faced by the latest Covid-19 variant, it is clear that many aspects of life as-we-knew-it have changed permanently. These changes will impact every country and every person.
The pandemic has further challenged assumptions about the relationship between the global and the local. In the sphere of technology, the relationship between the two is even more intertwined. The increased interdependence on the Internet has increased concerns over it being misused or weaponized. This, along with several other geopolitical developments, has acted as an inflection point for trends that argue for digital sovereignty. Nations have been rethinking their strategy towards globalizing technological systems, in a way that they balance concerns of national sovereignty with those of global efficiency and innovation.
With a focus on the theme ‘Global Meets Local’, and commitment to address some of these issues, India's most respected technology conference, Carnegie India's flagship event is back this month! The 6th edition of the highly influential Global Technology Summit will be held between 14th and 16th December. Hosted in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, the Summit aims to take an in-depth look at the changing nature of technology and geopolitics, assess its global effects and consider the emerging realities. The 2021 Global Technology Summit will convene industry experts, policymakers, scholars, scientists, and other stakeholders from all over the world in a hybrid format. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will kick-start the Summit. Over three days these experts will deliberate on comprehensive sub-themes each day—The Future of Technology: Resilience and Partnerships; Technology and Innovation: Roadmap to Sustainability and Inclusion; and Glocalizing Emerging Technologies: Building Digital Capabilities.
Now more than ever, issues in tech policy such as data—the way it is stored, encrypted, used, and accessed—have come to influence the way we conduct our everyday lives. Fintech start-ups and central banks are changing the way we transact and invest. To engage with key discussions on these issues and much more, register for the 2021 Global Technology Summit on this specially curated webiste.
Here are the some of the key conversations and addresses that are not to be missed:
14 December 2021 | The Future of Technology: Resilience and Partnerships
10:00 AM | Special Address by Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
11:15 AM | Beyond Borders: Science and Technology Cooperation in the Quad
The plurilateral Quad grouping is being watched across the world and has adopted a proactive agenda to collaborate on new and emerging technologies and other people-to-people initiatives. To gain a deeper understanding of the Quad and explore avenues of setting up a virtual network that can facilitate scientific exchanges for a more collaborative innovation ecosystem, don’t miss this session.
- K. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India
- Cathy Foley, Chief Scientist, Government of Australia
- Yoichiro Matsumoto, Scientific and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan
- Allison Schwier, Acting Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State, The White House
- Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries
6:00 PM | Cryptocurrencies: The Future of Technology and Regulation
Cryptocurrency is the hottest new investment class but regulatory reactions to cryptocurrencies range from crackdowns (China) to uncertainty (India) to a positive embrace (El Salvador). But cryptocurrencies today command a market capitalization of nearly $2 trillion and cannot be ignored. They have spurred both imagination and innovation. This session will unpack the future of the technology, risk perceptions of regulators, and possible pathways to navigate the promise, and the perils, of cryptocurrencies.
- Subhash Chandra Garg, Strategist (Economics, Finance, and Fiscal Policy)
- Robert Greene, Nonresident Scholar, Asia Program and Cyber Policy Initiative, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Priyadarshini D., Associate Fellow, Carnegie India
2:15 PM | Securing Vaccine Supply Chains: Partnerships & Resilience
Greater collaboration amongst all stakeholders, including suppliers, customers, logistics providers, and others is needed to develop resilient supply chains for effective distribution of vaccines globally. This session will discuss the importance of such partnerships and the role of technology in improving supply chain flexibility to address random and high-impact events.
- Mahima Datla, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Vaccines and Branded Formulations, Biological E Limited
- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon
- Robin Davies, Head, Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, Government of Australia
- Neeraj Jain, Country Director, PATH India
3:15 PM | Fragmentation: The Future of the Geopolitics of Data
When it comes to data, most nations are choosing regional and bilateral agreements over larger multilateral agreements, to facilitate data flows. This session will discuss this shifting trend and explore various approaches to facilitating global data flows.
- Katherine Charlet, Director, Data Governance, Google
- Ralf Sauer, Deputy Head of Unit for International Data Flows, DG Justice, European Commission
- Michael Nelson, Senior Fellow, Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Malavika Raghavan, Senior Fellow for India, Future of Privacy Forum
5: 00 PM | Unified Payments Interface (UPI): Building Digital Highways
India has been eyeing the global fintech market with countries like Singapore, Bhutan, Philippines, and Kenya looking to build digital infrastructures to facilitate quick and efficient digital payments. This session will discuss the benefits of adoption of UPI abroad and the challenges it faces in other geographies with different business and political landscapes.
- Umang Moondra, Secretary, Singapore Fintech Association
- Ritesh Shukla, Chief Executive Officer, NPCI International Payments Limited
- Roberto de Oliveira Campos Neto, Governor, Central Bank of Brazil
- Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp
- Sahil Kini, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Setu
15 December 2021 | Technology and Innovation: Roadmap to Sustainability and Inclusion
10:35 AM | Unified Health Interface (UHI): Partnering for the Future
In India, where only 1% of GDP is spent on healthcare, ensuring access to digital healthcare services seems to be a massive challenge. This conversation will discuss ways in which the UHI can be scaled up domestically and prospects for its export to other countries.
Participants in the conversation:
- Ram Sewak Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Authority, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
- Indranil Mukherjee, Managing Director, B. Braun Medical
· 11:15 AM | Governance: Tackling Cybersecurity Challenges
For businesses transitioning to cloud, robust security is imperative to protect data, systems, and applications from theft, leakage, corruption, and deletion. The session aims to discuss ways in which practitioners and policymakers can maximize the cybersecurity benefits provided by cloud service providers and minimize the cybersecurity risks.
- Mark Johnston, Head of Security, Customer Engineering, Google Cloud, Asia Pacific and Japan
- Alok Joshi, Former Member, National Security Advisory Board
- Latha Reddy, Co-Chair, Global Commission on Stability of Cyberspace-
- Chinenye C. Chizea, Chief Information Security Officer, National Identity Management Commission, Nigeria
- Gunjan Chawla, Programme Manager, Technology and National Security Team, Centre for Communication Governance
4:15 PM | Reaching a Trillion Dollar Digital Economy
The Indian government, that launched the Digital India programme in 2015, is now planning to leverage growing opportunities in manufacturing, engineering, and digitalization to drive the trillion dollar digital economy vision. However, it faces a few challenges such as delays in development of infrastructure, rural connectivity, digital literacy, and data security, among many others. This session will discuss possible roadblocks to achieving the trillion-dollar mark and potential solutions to bridge those gaps.
- Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Salesforce
- Manish Sabharwal, Executive Vice Chairman, TeamLease Services Limited
- Venkatesh Hariharan, India Representative, Open Invention Network
16 December 2021 | Glocalizing Emerging Technologies: Building Digital Capabilities
11:45 AM | Conversation: Cloud and Sustainability
Transitioning to a Greener Future: Businesses are slowly transitioning to cloud with an objective to enhance efficiency, innovate responsibly, and reduce the carbon footprint of their operations. This session will explore the financial, security, agility, and environmental benefits through cloud and ways in which it can enable new innovations for the benefit of this planet.
- Ken Haig, Energy and Environment Policy, Asia-Pacific and Japan, Amazon Web Services, Asia Pacific and Japan
- Rajkumar Buyya, Director, Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems Lab, The University of Melbourne, Australia
12:40 PM | Future of Encryption:
Given the increasing regulatory focus on encryption around the world, a myriad of technical alternatives or solutions are being proposed to mitigate societal harms. This session will focus on what these solutions are, how likely they are to succeed and what is the best way forward to resolve some of inherent tensions between lawful access and user safety.
- Marshall Erwin, Chief Security Officer, Mozilla
- Yashovardhan Azad, Chairman, DeepStrat and Former Special Director, Intelligence Bureau
- Udbhav Tiwari, Nonresident Scholar, Carnegie India and Public Policy Advisor, Mozilla
- Anirudh Burman, Associate Research Director and Fellow, Carnegie India
2:45 PM | Building an AI Nation
Several countries, including India, have been investing in developing their AI technologies and related policy strategies. The session will discuss the scope of policies that are needed to drive AI innovation and proliferation in sectors beyond merely consumer goods and information technology.
- Andrew W. Wyckoff, Director, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology, and Innovation
- Manish Gupta, Director, Google Research, India
- Jibu Elias, Content and Research Lead, INDIAai
- Abhishek Singh, President and Chief Executive Officer, National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India
4:45 PM | Building Data Protection Authorities
India is working towards a national privacy legislation. The effectiveness of this legislation will be defined by the effectiveness of the proposed Data Protection Authority. This session will discuss how countries should approach building a data regulator, best practices, and what lessons can be learnt from global experiences.
- Rahul Matthan, Partner, Trilegal
- Michael Pisa, Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
- Miriam Wimmer, Director, Brazilian Data Protection Authority, ANPD
- Andrea Jelinek, Chairwoman, European Data Protection Board
- Suyash Rai, Deputy Director and Fellow, Carnegie India
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