– Sean Spicer (Former White House Press Secretary)
– Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee (Chairman of the Open Data Institute, Creator of the World Wide Web)
– Tanmay Bakshi (World’s youngest Artificial Intelligence Expert)
– His Excellency, Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council
SHARJAH, UAE – The International Government Communication Forum opened its doors to guests from around the world for the 7th year in Sharjah, UAE, on Wednesday, 28 March, 2018.
The two day event brings together over 3000 delegates from the fields of politics and technology. The theme of the conference is how governments can better communicate with their citizens, and how technology companies can help communication strategies evolve.
However, the recent Facebook data collecting controversy has drawn attention and concerns among some of the key figures in the industry.
The creator of the world wide web Sir Timothy Berners-Lee has said that connecting people through internet technologies is no longer enough in itself. Speaking at the Sharjah International Government Communication Forum in the United Arab Emirates, he called for regulation that gives users rights over their own data and who uses it. He said it was a fundamental value of the web that data is ‘your own’.
Former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said companies like Facebook need to be more transparent with how they collect and store data. Spicer who resigned from the White House in July 2017 suggested ways need to be found to allow users to ‘scale back’ their own data from the big tech platforms.
The world’s youngest Artificial Intelligence expert, 14-year-old Tanmay Bakshi, said the unknowing collecting of people’s data is ‘horrible’.
His Excellency, Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, and part of the Government of Sharjah, said that education was key in protecting privacy.
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Various GVs of Opening of Sharjah International Government Communication Forum
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Various setup and cutaways of Tanmay Bakshi
Various setup and cutaways of Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Various cutways of Tanmay Bakshi
04’51-05’29 Soundbite (in English) of Sean Spicer, Former White House Press Secretary:
“You look at companies like Facebook in particular in the news now, the amount of information from all of their users. They need to be more transparent with what information they have, how that’s been shared, and more importantly, how people can protect it, how they can be scaled back, how they can eliminate sharing. I think most users check a box when they log into a site, that it says ‘I agree’, most cases probably haven’t read that 10, 15 pages of information. We need to make sure people are better informed with what information they’ve been giving to those platforms and how its been used and further how it can be scaled back.”
05’29-06’01 Soundbite (in English) of Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, Creator, World Wide Web:
“Some of the things are bugs, some of the things have been attacked by foreign powers, you’ve got to look at it and then set back. There are some fundamental things here, what are the fundamental values, the fundamental values are, for me is, my date is mine, i should be not only able to control who gets to it but also i should be able to use it for whatever i want.”
06’01-06’12 Soundbite (in English) of Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, Creator, World Wide Web: “Regulation that gives people rights to their own data? Yes. Regulation that restricts and allows government to censor the news? No.”
06’12-06’39 Soundbite (in English) of Tanmay Bakshi, Youngest Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert:
“if you take a look at the Facebook scandal recently happened, sharing that private data people sharing with facebook, that’s absolutely horrible, sharing people’s private data that you promised not to share. What i’d like to say is that it’s a combination of the private companies like Facebook and individuals themselves, they both have to work together to make sure that the data relations are totally trust worthy. “
06’39-06’59 Soundbite (in English) of His Excellency, Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council:
“Education always comes first. you have to educate whoever is using those platforms that it’s not always safe to do whatever they tell you to do. The government can help in the way, but i’m sure the technology is developing way faster than the government can catch up.”
Other: Notes to editors:
The 2018 edition of the annual International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) will be held on 28-29 March 2018 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
IGCFs are held under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
The event aims to build a platform for better communication between governments and their stakeholders for the benefit of government institutions in the UAE and the region.
Topics to be covered during the event include, but are not limited to:
• Government responsibilities and their fit in the age of digital communications
• Artificial intelligence (AI) as the key to the future of government communication
• Future of open data in light of private sector domination
• Female leadership and its role in digital communities
• Building young skills for the digital millennium
Source: Pool Material International Government Communications Forum and ENEX (Access ALL)