Q3/2019 - World Economic Forum Davos (WEF)
The World Economic Forum Davos (WEF) held its summer conference in September 2019 at Cape Town in South Africa. The basis of the meeting was an e-commerce roadmap for Africa prepared by the WEF". Digitalisation, artificial intelligence, 5G and cyber security were key issues of discussion. The meeting took place against the background of the recently agreed “Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)“. The President of the Republic of Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, who also co-chairs the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, expressed great optimism with regard to the future or his country at the WEF Forum: “The future is great, it looks very bright for the African continent, and if there was ever a time when Africa can definitely be said to be on the rise, this is the time. This is Africa's century, and we want to utilize it to good effect".
In a new study performed by the WEF Institute in San Francisco on the 4th industrial revolution, the WEF investigated new developments of disruptive technologies on the Internet, in cyberspace and in the digital field. The topics of the study “White Paper: Responsible Use of Technology” include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, 3D Printing, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, blockchain, quantum computing, autonomous driving, biotechnology and nanotechnology. The study gives recommendations how to manage and control the new phenomena, in particular with a view to existing human rights norms and ethical standards. The document proposes a “Framework for the responsible use of technologies.