The pandemic has forever changed society and businesses with enduring implications for social interactions and ways of doing business. In the immense undertaking to manage the crisis and save lives, it was connectivity that ensured the functioning of emergency services, enabled separated families and friends to stay in touch, and allowed large parts of the workforce to continue working productively. However, this unprecedented crisis brought significant challenges to governments as the world quickly shifted to virtual meetings and digital transactions over physical presence, such as the privacy of consumers and the safety of data. This session aims to explore policy challenges and ways forward in a digitally driven society where people’s virtual presence and personal data are tightly integrated into the new normal. It will also examine how governments can safeguard the use of data in a global economy that is increasingly digital when travel and physical contacts will be limited for the foreseeable future.
Beijing Institute of Technology
Deputy General Manager Data Intelligence
China Unicom Digital Technology
Director International Policy & Strategy
Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore
Head of Division, Digital Economy Policy
UN Resident Coordinator in China