KATHMANDU, May 9: Maintaining high security in the use of the technology related services is a must to ensure the sustainable and trustworthy use of connectivity.
Analysts and experts at the annual gathering of St. Gallen Symposium, an initiative for intergenerational debates on economic, political and social developments, opined this view. The gathering which kicked off last Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the symposium in Switzerland observed 1,000 participants from around the globe.
Speaking at the event, Catherine Chen, Corporate Senior Vice President and board member at Huawei, stressed the need for device manufacturers showing concern on winning trust of the users. “As more devices feature connectivity, more services go online, and more critical infrastructures rely on real-time data exchanges, so must governments worldwide ensure that everyone is protected by the highest security standards. Only a common set of rules can guarantee a level of security that creates trust in technology," she said.
Chen opined that the joint effort of policymakers, regulators, and the private sector is required to build a trustworthy environment.
The participants agreed that trust is inherently built on openness and transparency, and that it is time to take concrete, actionable steps to address the common challenges and risks that have emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to them, public trust in political and economic institutions, emerging technologies, and the media has recently been eroded, especially among the younger generations, and this has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chen hoped that the next generation of leaders would build trust and shape a world of pervasive connectivity. “We must build strong trust in technology, enabled by a common set of rules, innovations, and progress. Only then can we commit to the sustainable and trustworthy use of technology," she said.