Shanghai 28 June - 1 July 2017

Keynote 3: Society & The Human Element


Sustainable Development

Date & Time

Thursday, 29 Jun 2017

09:30 - 11:00


SNIEC Hall W3 Auditorium A


The economic benefits of mobile penetration on GDP are well known, while connectivity will contribute significantly to delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More people have access to information, financial services, medical advice and markets than ever before, while citizen activism is bringing corruption and cruelty to account worldwide.  


It is easy for digital industry players to get carried away with the potential to create utopian futures, but as digitization spreads the potential for ‘nightmare scenarios’ also increases. Cyber-warfare destroying a country’s infrastructure? Mass unemployment as AI and robots become more commonplace? Civil unrest in a ‘post-truth era’? All are perfectly plausible. 


There is no one stakeholder who can choose a utopian or dystopian future for societies; governments, international organisations and digital industries must all play a role. How are thought leaders globally responding? Find out here.