“The Age of Digital Interdependence”

Report of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Following nine months of consultations with governments, the private sector, civil society, international organisations, academia and technical communities worldwide, the Panel’s report paints a picture of the interconnected nature of digital technology and policy impacts, and makes 5 recommendations for shaping our common digital future.

Executive Summary

“Digital technologies are rapidly transforming society, simultaneously allowing for unprecedented advances in the human condition and giving rise to profound new challenges. Growing opportunities created by the application of digital technologies are paralleled by stark abuses and unintended consequences. Digital dividends co-exist with digital divides. And, as technological change has accelerated, the mechanisms for cooperation and governance of this landscape have failed to keep pace.

We hope this report and its recommendations will form part of the building blocks of an inclusive and interdependent digital world, with a fit-for-purpose new governance architecture.”

Key Takeaways: Summary Presentation

The panel’s report highlights the urgency of improved digital cooperation and invites readers to commit to a Declaration of Digital Interdependence.

It focuses on three broad sets of interlocking issues:

  • Building an inclusive digital future
  • Protecting human rights, promoting digital trust & security
  • Fashioning a new global digital cooperation architecture

Live Conversation on Digital Cooperation

The High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation submitted its report and recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on Monday 10 June 2019. To mark the occasion, Panel’s co-chairs Melinda Gates and Jack Ma joined a live conversation to discuss the Panel’s main findings and open up a global dialogue on the way forward.