Can a Divided World Cope With the Risks of the Digital Revolution?

Melinda Gates, Jack Ma, center, and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, right, at U.N. headquarters, June 10, 2019 (AP photo by Richard Drew).
Melinda Gates, Jack Ma, center, and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, right, at U.N. headquarters, June 10, 2019 (AP photo by Richard Drew).

Eleven months ago, with little fanfare, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed a High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Melinda Gates of the eponymous Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Guterres assigned the group of 22 luminaries a daunting task: to figure out how to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms to humanity posed by the digital revolution. Last week, the panel delivered its conclusions in a report on “The Age of Digital Interdependence.” Unfortunately, the panel’s findings are apt to fall on deaf ears as the world grows more divided […]

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