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Digital technologies for a new future

The digital revolution is transforming the economy and society increasingly rapidly. Widely available and uninterrupted connectivity has reached much of humanity thanks to the mass take-up of smartphones and the consequent access to information, social networks and audiovisual entertainment. The acceleration of technical progress in the digital realm has made the use of devices and applications employing cloud computing, big data analysis, blockchains or artificial intelligence routine. The technological revolution, combined with a change in the strategies of the companies at the forefront of digital technology use, has also led to the rise of global platforms. Digital technologies have played a key role in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the potential benefits from their use are clearly constrained by structural factors, such as limits on connectivity (access, use and speed), social inequalities, productive heterogeneity and low competitiveness, and restricted access to data and information management, among other factors. The panel will address the main opportunities and challenges for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to contribute to the discussion and to action for the roll-out and use of digital technology and its appropriation, and to creation of digital solutions at national and regional level, to strengthen and support development processes.
Session |
Tue, 14/12/2021 - 12:40 to 14:10

Moderator: Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director of the Latin American Internet Association (ALAI)
Introductory remarks: Martin Hilbert, Full Professor of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) (United States)

  • Guido Girardi Lavín, Senator of the Republic and Chair of the Committee on Future Challenges, Science, Technology and Innovation of the Senate of Chile
  • Vianna Maino, Minister of Telecommunications and the Information Society of Ecuador, in her capacity as Chair of the Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Yuri Castro, Director of Information Technology of the National Secretariat of Science and Technology of Guatemala
  • Carlos Kan, National Director for Innovation of the National Authority for Government Innovation of Panama
  • Gabriel Hernández, Director of Information Technology Infrastructure and Operations of the National Agency for e-Government and the Information Society (AGESIC) of Uruguay
  • Rodney Taylor, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)
  • Olivier Bringer, Head of Unit of Policy Outreach and International Affairs of the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology the European Commission

Discussion and statements by the countries