Our Digital Future

Addressing Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity
Capacity development workshop series focused on developing countries

The ODF continues in 2022! Visit www.igf-odf.org for more information about the upcoming workshops

This capacity development workshop series aims to bring together diverse stakeholders - including government representatives, such as permanent missions in Geneva, NGOs, international and ‎intergovernmental organizations, academic and research communities and civil society overall,  the private sector, technical communities and other relevant actors - ‎to share best practices and build capacity in developing countries on the digital transformation and ‎cybersecurity fronts. The participants will discover the prerequisites needed to ensure the ‎sustainability of best practices and the roles different actors can play in advancing national capacity on ‎digital transformation and cybersecurity.

In support of 

Driven by the call in the UN Decade of Action to partner for the Sustainable Development ‎Goals (SDG), the workshop will support stakeholders by focusing on themes covered in Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation and ‎Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.‎

Empowerment begins with ‎digital inclusion

The coronavirus ‎ pandemic has placed a special spotlight on digital development needs and ‎cybersecurity challenges universally with developing countries in particular are facing a range of ‎severe difficulties‎. How can we bring to life the promise of digital technology ‎to countries often left behind? Part of the answer is in recognizing that empowerment begins with ‎digital inclusion. The scope of inclusion ranges from rapid digital transformations and digital skilling to ‎data governance advancements and universal Internet connectivity, which are all critical for ‎developing countries to achieve the UN SDGs. In a recent study, it is ‎estimated that US$ 428 billion is needed to connect the remaining 3 billion people to the Internet by 2030. A ‎mix of policy, technological, financial, technical, and other interventions are needed to democratize ‎the promise of technology.

Digital inclusion requires trust in technologies

Technologies at the heart of digital transformation need to be secure, safe, and ‎trusted in order to truly integrate into societies around the world in a sustainable manner. In other ‎words, cybersecurity is key to digital transformation.
Discussions on cybersecurity concerns all of us. However, some regions are often excluded from the discussion and decision-making processes. In particular, ‎developing countries in the process of developing their ICT infrastructures can lack resources and ‎capabilities to address security and resilience issues. Furthermore, cybersecurity capacity is not only in ‎the interest of individual countries. In a globally connected world, where vulnerabilities in one country ‎create risks for others, building global capacities and confidence across the digital ecosystem is crucial ‎for sustainable digital transformation. Despite international organizations recognizing this need and ‎the existence of an increasing number of incentives, few lessons learned and best practices are shared ‎globally.‎

Workshop objective

These workshops will recommend adaptable best practices for a safe and secure digital ‎transformation for everyone as a means for social and economic development. Mindful not to duplicate any existing efforts, the workshops will rather build on them ‎by leveraging these diverse groups and their experiences to support sustainable digital transformation ‎needs.‎

Everyone can participate

The workshops are open to everyone to participate. Stakeholders from developing countries are particularly invited to join and bring experiences from their communities.

Visit https://www.igf-odf.org/ to learn more about the upcoming workshops!

The United Nations acknowledges the kind and generous support of Microsoft in developing and donating a website to support the workshops and contributing substantive inputs to the workshops’ programme development.