Technology has long been a catalyst for progress on key societal challenges around the world. The advent of cloud computing tablets, connected smart devices, and new ways to communicate, interact and access information creates vast new opportunities to accelerate that progress, empowering new innovators, unleashing local economic competitiveness, and extending opportunity around the world.
A nation’s workforce is a renewable, sustainable resource that is critical to national competitiveness and economic growth. Given the economic challenges worldwide and the increasing demand for knowledge workers, cultivating an adaptable, skilled, and literate workforce should be a national priority for all countries. Economic Development programs should be tailored to the needs of the information economy and should emphasize training strategies that increase citizens’ employability. Digital literacy and critical thinking skills, in particular, are essential to preparing workers and governments for success in the modern economy.
Access to Information
Government Officials want access to the right tools and data, they can be better equipped to respond to citizen demands and to make more informed decisions faster—helping to increase insight and accountability and support compliance within and across government agencies. Citizens in today’s developed world expect to be able to communicate with their government based on information available to them.
Security (including Cyber security)
Critical infrastructures are playing a larger role in supporting the overall economy and security of nations, yet they are attractive targets for sophisticated attacks which have the potential to cause widespread damage and disruption. As customers enters this new era of innovation, online privacy and security are clearly two of the defining issues for the technology industry and for many governments around the world today. Collectively, privacy – no longer just about “secret” versus “not secret.” Now it is about what you share and who you share it with. About what data companies can collect and use. Whatever the changes in laws and regulations, privacy in the digital age is fundamentally a matter of trust between governments and their citizens.
As modern technology evolves, compliance to regulations and privacy are heightened due to Governments liability to ensure they adhere to legislation and mitigate security and privacy risks. This includes open technology standards, intellectual property rights, freedom of expression, and addressing evolving challenges in areas such as data security and privacy.