ITU Digital World 2020 and profound messages about a new world

The 3-day ITU Digital World 2020 has closed, leaving key messages about a new world – the digital world.
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Many meaningful messages about a new world were shared at the ITU Digital World 2020. (Photo: Vietnamnet)

The ITU Digital World 2020, a global tech event for governments, corporates and tech SMEs, was held virtually on a technology platform developed by Vietnam, Nhan Dan cited. Themed "Building the digital world. Together", the three-day online event brought together more than 50 ITU member countries.

Digital transformation to help the world overcome the pandemic

In his opening remarks on October 20, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said the Vietnamese Government has paid attention to telecommunication infrastructure development and considered IT one of the top priorities. Digital transformation has been regarded as a crucial solution to help the country develop more rapidly and sustainably, he added.

At the ITU Ministerial Roundtables, a key part of ITU Digital World 2020, top officials of the ICT industry throughout the world discussed the role of ICTs in Covid-19 pandemic response and digital strategic planning during and after the pandemic and set the orientation for cooperation between ITU and its member countries in implementing digital transformation programs.

They emphasized that IT is increasingly proving its role in helping the world respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to IT infrastructure, the world can still operate while the economic and social flows are not interrupted. In the pandemic, the Internet has become the most effective tool for ensuring the connection of people despite social distancing, said Vietnamnet.

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ITU Digital World 2020 was held online for the first time. (Photo: Vietnamnet)

The world and the challenges for narrowing the digital gap

The first panel discussion dealt with the theme of "Closing the broadband gap: stimulating the public and private sectors to connect the areas that are not yet connected". The global Covid-19 pandemic has made the world realize the importance of digital technology in connecting to health, work, education, information and communication in times that are particularly stressful and difficult.

In the crisis triggered by Covid-19, there are still millions of people around the world with no access to healthcare, education services, etc. due to geographical distances. This gap will be gradually narrowed if they have access to telecommunications infrastructure. Therefore, it is necessary to bring Internet access opportunities to remote and disadvantaged areas.

Governments around the world can realize this by introducing policies to lure investment, by encouraging telecom network operators to expand coverage and provide services at affordable costs, and manufacturers to launch low-cost models of equipment, and by improving people's digital skills and promoting online education.

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Mr. Hoang Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the Department of Information Security (Ministry of Information and Communications), speaks at the session on information security of the ITU Digital World 2020. (Photo: Vietnamnet)

The future of 5G technology

The second panel talk with the theme "Entering the 5G Era: Demands, Deployment and Requirements" discussing the issues: The critical value of 5G was joined by speakers from the pioneering 5G carriers such as Korea Telecom, Viettel and leading equipment providers such as Qualcomm, Nokia and representatives of some regulatory agencies.

They said that 5G creates an information revolution, not only an upgrade in technology. This is proven clearly when we see the difference between 4G and 5G. While 4G helps connect people together, 5G is used to connect everything. Over the next five years, more than 1 billion people around the world will use mobile data with the average monthly flow 4-5 times higher than the current rate. 5G is an effective technology to meet that need.

From a technology perspective, the world’s leading telecom experts agreed that it will take 5G a few years to develop. However, this technology will probably become the common foundation to promote the world’s recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic and to enter the new-normal state.

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The development of the global telecommunications industry was discussed by many experts at ITU Digital World 2020. (Photo: Vietnamnet)

Privacy and cybersecurity

Security experts said that the world is facing a major threat related to cybersecurity, with the increase of cyberattacks in both number and scale. To fight cybercriminals, it is a must to have an ecosystem of cybersecurity, rather than single actions. These challenges offer an opportunity for governments and the private sector to work together and for global cooperation to solve common issues.

National information security forces also need a mechanism to share information and to promote the application of new technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity. In addition, there should be measures to raise awareness about cybersecurity.

Experts said that cybersecurity regulations and guidelines should take a top-down and bottom-up approach. Governments should issue regulations on cybersecurity implementations while businesses can also have their own regulations on this regard.

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