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Foreword

THE AGE OF DIGITAL INTERDEPENDENCE ‎ 
REPORT OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL'S HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON DIGITAL COOPERATION

 

We live in an era of increasing interdependence and accelerating change, much of it driven by technological advances such as low-‎cost computing, the internet and mobile connectivity. Moments of change present new opportunities to solve old problems. The ‎efficiency, innovation, and speed of a digitally connected world can expand what is possible for everyone – including those who ‎historically have been marginalised. ‎

At the same time, humanity faces significant new challenges. Modern technologies can be used to erode security and violate privacy. ‎We are also beginning to see complex impacts on education systems and labor markets. ‎

We believe the opportunities for human progress in the digital age ultimately outweigh the challenges – if we join together in a spirit of ‎cooperation and inclusiveness. ‎

We urgently need to lay the foundations of an inclusive digital economy and society for all. We need to focus our energies on policies ‎and investments that will enable people to use technology to build better lives and a more peaceful, trusting world. Making this vision a ‎reality will require all stakeholders to find new ways of working together. That is why the Secretary General appointed this Panel and ‎what we have sought to do with this Report. ‎

We are grateful to each member of the Panel, the Secretariat, and the many groups and individuals we consulted; though the views ‎expressed were not always in agreement, they were always conveyed with respect and in the spirit of collaboration. ‎

No one knows how technology will evolve, but we do know that our path forward must be built through cooperation and illuminated by ‎shared human values. We hope this Report will contribute to improved understanding of the opportunities and challenges ahead, so ‎that together we can shape a more inclusive and sustainable future for all. ‎                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Melinda Gates and Jack Ma
Co-Chairs (signed)