H.H. Sh. Nahyan bin Mubarak
Cabinet Member - UAE
The Leaders’ Summit 2023 encompasses dialogue, debate, and discourse-based engagement among cross-industry stakeholders, globally-renowned technology firms, emerging digital ecosystem leaders, policy-making bodies, advocacy institutions, change-drivers, and digital economy enablers and decision-makers on industries issues, real-life problems and challenges, seeking implementable solutions and supporting the fulfillment of objectives of the Member States, the ITU, the UN Broadband Commission, and the Private Sector, at large.AGENDA
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Digital transformation and connectivity yield unquestionable benefits, including improved productivity, innovation, and modernization, accelerated economic growth and advanced human development. This is particularly witnessed in the emerging markets. Thus, digital transformation has also become a priority for sustainable development. Connectivity – as the foundation for digital transformation – is also fast becoming a basic requirement for everyone. Digital connectivity will eventually need to be ubiquitous, empowered by networks that can sense changes and needs, providing an intelligent future for all.
However, further digitalization brings new cybersecurity challenges. Security and trust are also crucial to ensuring online access and trusted exchanges of data and information. To fully reap the immense social-economic benefits of connectivity to the region, digital trust must be built, including trust and confidence in the use of ICTs as well as trust among stakeholders to collaborate with others. In emerging markets, trust in digital infrastructure is often low due to several reasons, including a lack of digital literacy and cyber-hygiene culture in organizations, and the prevalence of cybercrime and scams. Digital trust in these markets can be achieved through a variety of measures, including the implementation of secure data storage and communication networks, the use of strong authentication methods, and the promotion of digital literacy.
This panel will explore the potential that accelerated digital transformation can bring to emerging markets as well as how best to foster and entrench multi-stakeholder digital trust; the confidence that users have in the security, privacy, and reliability of digital infrastructure, services, and the connected world. Digital trust is essential for creating a sustainable and secure, connected, and intelligent world. Best experiences and practices will be shared, to identify the actions that could be undertaken to build trust and best realize the use of ICTs for a sustainable, connected, intelligent future.
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Non-terrestrial networks and space platforms are emerging as powerful tools for providing access to the internet and bridging digital divides in remote and underserved areas. These networks have been used in several ways, including providing high-speed communication for remote and rural communities, providing low-cost, low-power internet access for developing countries, and connecting countries without direct terrestrial infrastructure. Additionally, space platforms are being used to provide communication services to disaster-stricken areas, to monitor and track disaster relief efforts, and to enable access to data and services in areas where traditional networks are unreliable or unavailable. Space platforms are also being used to support satellite-based banking and mobile phone services in remote areas, as well as to enable remote sensing, monitoring, and surveillance capabilities. Additionally, space platforms are being used to enable access to educational services, medical telehealth, and satellite television services. As technology continues to evolve, non-terrestrial networks and space platforms will become even more important in bridging digital divides and achieving digital inclusion.
This session will be organized in two segments, with first half dedicated to space sustainability and related topics, followed by common areas of interest to Terrestrial and Non-Terrestrial/Satellite players, including resources such as spectrum. The overarching agenda of the cluster is to discuss the potential of non-terrestrial networks and space platforms in fostering synergies to overcome digital divides and achieve availability of broadband and digital inclusion and bring a variety of digital services to the globe. We will explore the possibilities of leveraging new technologies such as satellite communications, space-based networks, and other non-terrestrial networks to connect the unconnected, including rural, remote, and underserved populations. We will look at the impact of these technologies on economic and social development, and explore strategies that can be used to facilitate the implementation of such networks on a larger scale, and for which various resources and new approaches in cooperation-building are required.
Interveners of the discussion will constitute a diverse group of cross-industry leaders and professionals.
The following questions will be under consideration:
The digital services landscape is rapidly evolving, with new digital enablers emerging every day, the latest being powerful self-learning large language models such as ChatGPT. These enablers include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR). All these enablers are driving innovation, enabling companies to create new digital services and products that are transforming the way we live and work. At the same time, many digital value-chain stakeholders are being challenged to think beyond traditional business models and ways of doing things in order to remain competitive. This also applies to the governance side.
The session will explore how new digital enablers can be leveraged by different value-chain stakeholders to create value and remain at the forefront of the digital revolution. We'll look at digital competencies and digital innovations, the Metaverse, search and e-commerce, immersive digital experiences, and value creation. Through interactive discussions and expert perspectives, this session will spark and challenge attendees to think differently about the digital services landscape and the potential opportunities and challenges we all face.
This cluster discussion will explore the following questions:
The rise of 5G digital technologies has sparked a new era of innovation, bringing with it new opportunities and challenges for the ICT industry. One key challenge for the ICT industry is sustainability. In order to meet sustainability requirements, 5G digital technologies must be able to support the growth of sustainable energy sources, such as solar and wind. To this end, 5G will enable the use of energy-efficient networks and devices, as well as the development of smart energy management systems. 5G will also enable the deployment of distributed networks, allowing for energy-efficient data transmission and the integration of renewable energy sources into the network. In addition, 5G will enable the development of grid-edge technologies, such as edge computing and distributed networking, which will allow for more efficient utilization of resources and a reduction in energy consumption. 5G will also enable the deployment of low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), which will help to reduce the energy footprint of communication networks. Finally, 5G will enable the deployment of virtual networks, allowing for the integration of multiple networks into a single, seamless network. This will help to reduce communication costs and energy consumption, as well as provide users with more reliable, secure and efficient services.
This session will bring mobile technology industry leaders to focus on the evolution of 5G/5.5G technologies through the lens of ICT sustainability, with a focus on the implications for the 5G/5.5G ecosystem, the enterprise and government sectors.
The following thematic questions will be discussed:
Internet-based digital value creation is a process by which companies, organizations, and individuals can create, capture, and deliver value through the internet. Digital value creation is achieved through activities such as the development of digital products and services, the design of digital experiences, the monetization of digital assets, and the leveraging of digital platforms. To ensure equitable benefits accrue to all, digital value creation should be accompanied by policies and processes that promote a fair and equitable distribution of resources. Examples of such policies and processes include the adoption of digital inclusion initiatives, the development of digital access and education programs, and the implementation of data privacy and security protocols. Additionally, digital value creators should strive to promote an equitable and sustainable digital economy by championing digital literacy and digital rights, embracing diversity and inclusion, and creating shared value models that benefit all stakeholders.
The session will explore the implications of digital value creation and the evolving Internet for enterprises, end-users, system integrators, and network operators. We will discuss the key aspects of digital innovation and economics, policy, business, network, and IMT spectrum requirements.
The following questions will be discussed:
The challenges of securing cyberspace are growing rapidly in a world of multi-polarity, increasing technological complexity and global connectivity. As more countries, businesses and individuals rely on technology to drive their businesses, they are increasingly vulnerable to attack. Cyber threats can come from anywhere, including nation states, criminal organizations, and even individuals. Enterprises must invest in the appropriate technologies and processes to protect their networks and systems, while end-users must understand the risks and take the necessary steps to protect themselves from cyber-threats. Governments must also update their laws and regulations to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest cyber-security trends and technologies. As the cyber-security landscape continues to evolve, the challenge of protecting cyberspace will remain a priority for all stakeholders.
This session focuses on discussing the need for a multi-dimensional approach to cybersecurity, and how it can be used to enable a secure cyberspace.
The following key issues will be delved into in this cluster:
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