Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development (DTSD) – A capacity building initiative for African and developing country missions in Geneva

Nadine Nyffenegger

Nadine Nyffenegger

Chief Marketing Officer | Philanthropy Lead

Lesezeit, 3 min.

The Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development (DTSD) series supports African and developing country (G77) missions in Geneva—with specialized training and workshops on digital transformation and digital policies for sustainable development. Microsoft Corporation, CyberPeace Institute and DiploFoundation are pleased to deliver the capacity building initiative to serve Ambassadors in the Africa and G77 Group on a range of themes including, digital trade and e-commerce, cybersecurity, internet connectivity, artificial intelligence, data and internet governance, and related digital transformation themes.

Please see details of the forthcoming session hosted by Microsoft below.

Date: Thursday 1 December 2022

Time: 13:00-17:30 CET

Venue: Auditorium, Nations Business Center, Rue du Pré-de-la-Bichette 1, 1201 Genève (near WIPO). Lunch will be served.

Organizers: Microsoft Corporation

Topic:

  • Data Governance and the Economic Opportunity for Africa (1pm – 3pm); and
  • The Role of AI, Analytics & Data in the context of Digital Transformation and its Impact for Africa (3pm – 5:15 pm)

Data Governance and the Economic Opportunity for Africa

Cloud computing has developed into a mission critical technology for enterprises, governments, and consumers. It is not just the foundation technology for digital transformation, but also enabling innovation for and collaboration among ecosystem actors, and generating economic opportunities.

In parallel, the relative costs of computing power and data storage have also plummeted. In that same time period, new technologies have evolved to provide organizations with the ability to manage, maintain and process data anywhere and from everywhere. Cost and complexity are no longer limiting factors in our digital universe, which has led to an explosion of data of every type—structured, unstructured, privileged, confidential and mundane. In order for organizations to be successful today, they need to consider the ever increasing demands for real-time sharing and collaboration, which creates even more risk for them. Grappling with this growth of information is not just a challenge from a security standpoint, but also from ever-expanding regulatory demands by nation states and governments around the world demanding improved consumer and citizen privacy.

This session focuses on the evolution of the cloud economic opportunity and data responsibility, but also data security, privacy, compliance. It then opens the discussion with participants on their most pressing needs and challenges along with approaches to address them – What is the state of play on these topics in Africa? What are the needs and challenges in your country?

note: references from ISACA and Microsoft whitepaper: „Achieving data security and compliance“ 

The Role of AI, Analytics & Data in the context of Digital Transformation and its Impact for Africa

Data & AI offers limitless opportunities but also brings along its challenges around bias, ethics and risks. We surface the positive impact that Data & AI can have, while adding a valid discussions on what needs to be addressed by the community to unleash the power of AI to create endless business opportunities to ultimately improve the quality of our lives.

The awareness towards applying and achieving sustainability targets is present in society, politics and industry. Priorities are set based on short term challenges, commercial or political ambitions. Therefore, a long-term approach that establishes and sustains TOGETHERNESS across regions, countries and economies in all developments following the suggested standards, such as ESGs and the SDGs, has to become an integral part of education, political and commercial decision making as well as product and solution development. This approach needs to be inclusive, diverse and globally acceptable and adaptable. The need to establish a global governance body to measure, criticize and nurture the development of responsible AI solutions has arisen.

This session focuses on real-world challenges that can be addressed with responsible AI, data management and more resilient supply chains, and its implication for African countries.

note: references from UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Lichtenstein, EY and Microsoft whitepaper: „Green Growth“ and Zurich and Microsoft whitepaper: „Algorithmic Risks in the Context of Artificial Intelligence“

Facilitators:

  • Franziska-Juliette Klebôn, Data & AI Lead, Microsoft
  • Christian Morel, Head of Technical Sales, Microsoft

Organizer:

Sustainability. Good For Business. Executive Playbook.

Bietet eine Anleitung für 6 Rollen in der gesamten C-Suite, wie der erste Schritt zu einer nachhaltigeren und wohlhabenderen Zukunft getan werden kann.

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