The 16th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report analyses long term and short term risks from societal fractures—manifested through persistent and emerging risks to human health, rising unemployment, widening digital divides, youth disillusionment and geopolitical fragmentation. Businesses risk a disorderly shakeout which can exclude large cohorts of workers and companies from the markets of the future. Environmental degradation—still an existential threat to humanity—risks intersecting with societal fractures to bring about severe consequences.
What can be done to secure the networks and systems that citizens, companies, and states rely on now and in the future? Here are three of the most interesting recent pieces of thought leadership.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transition and revealed the challenges that still exist when it comes to connecting households and people, as well as the digital skills required to participate effectively in the online world. As a result of the pandemic, the need for a digitally competent population and the demand for a digitally skilled workforce has grown even more pronounced.”
IEEE members Wei Jiang, Bin Han,
Mohammad Asif Habibi, and Hans Dieter Schotten collate a comprehensive survey of 6G’s elements, status, and possible future directions. The authors investigate 6G as a set of communications network technologies, and apply a scope and treatment appropriate to that definition.
A consortium of European companies and organisations comment on the proposed EU Data Governance Act, outlining recommendations to improve a governance framework that will provide true control over personal, business and public data.
Published by Imperial College’s Tech Foresight team, this puts developments in telecoms technology into a wider context of emerging technologies and use cases for the coming decade and beyond.
The World Economic Forum has released a new report examinig gaps in global technology governance for critical 4th Industrial Revolution technologies. Prepared with Deloitte, it identifies risks, gaps and possible policy and governance solutions ahead of a Summit in Tokyo next April.
Smart Cities, NFV, Data Security and fixing AI systems all provide delicious, nutritious brain-food in this month’s edition.
The World Economic Forum recently released a report titled “Cybersecurity, emerging technology and systemic risk”. Overview and link to the full document