Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan calls for an AI and Digital International Accord at the Riga Conference 2020

Nov 23, 2020Event Updates

Nguyen Anh Tuan introduced AIWS solutions at the Riga Conference 2020, such as Social Contract for the AI Age, AI and Digital International Accord, Democratic Alliance on Digital Governance, and the AIWS City at the Plenary Session “DEMOCRACY, TECHNOLOGIES AND THE INFODEMIC”

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, reaching far beyond technological developments and future economies. Its speed is exponential, causing deep systemic change in every aspect of human life and societal transformation. Its nature is both – highly creative and disruptive. One example is modern information technologies. They enable the spread of information at such a speed and volume, that it affects national and international economies, politics and security in ways utterly disproportionate with the root realities. An infodemic is a blend of “information” and “epidemic” that typically refers to a rapid, overwhelming and far-reaching spread of both accurate and inaccurate information about an issue. An infodemic could do more harm than a global health crisis. The infodemic has been a factor in implementing a range of COVID-19 pandemic related government policies.

Līga Raita Rozentāle, Senior Director of European Cybersecurity Policy, Microsoft

Ieva Ilvesa, Adviser to the President of Latvia for Information and Digital Policy

Prof. Filippo Menczer, Director of the Observatory on Social Media, Indiana University

Hannes Krause, Head of Strategic Communication at the Government Office of the Republic of Estonia

Moderator: Dr. Gunda Reire, Advisor to the Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

Panelists discuss and answer questions: What are the tangible consequences of an infodemic in terms of economies, politics and security? Have new technologies influenced our perception and core value systems, for better or worse? How could governments use new technologies to shape discourses for long-term, strategic objectives?

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan called for an AI and Digital International Accord. The Riga Conference 2020 was attended by the European Commission President and Executive Vice President, as well as presidents, prime ministers from the Baltic region, ministers of the UK, France, Canada, Japan, and legislators of the US, EU, Australia, etc.