New UN panel to make proposals to ensure safe digital future


UNITED NATIONS ‘ The United Nations is establishing a high-level panel co-chaired by Chinese e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma and the wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates to make recommendations on ensu’

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UNITED NATIONS ‘ The United Nations is establishing a high-level panel co-chaired by Chinese e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma and the wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates to make recommendations on ensuring ‘a safe and inclusive digital future.’

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a news conference Thursday that he sees the United Nations ‘as a unique platform for dialogue in our digital age’ and the panel as an expert group to make proposals to strengthen international cooperation.

In Guterres’ words: ‘As a global community, we face questions about security, equity, ethics, and human rights in a digital age. We need to seize the potential of technology while safeguarding against risks and unintended consequences.’

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New UN panel to make proposals to ensure safe digital future

The panel led by Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, and Melinda Gates, who co-chairs the Gates foundation, includes 20 members.

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In addition to designating zones for testing aerial drones, the government will create areas for testing the land-based and marine capabilities of drones.

(Last year Brisbane City Council designated parts of 10 parks as zones for recreational flying of drones as part of a trial.)

The drone zone proposal forms part of what the Queensland government claims is an Australian first: A whole-of-government drones strategy.

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Khan al-Ahmar spared from demolition until July 16

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Inside the Crypto World’s Biggest Scandal

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