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Common set of rules needed for trust in technology, says Huawei's Catherine Chen

Huawei’s Catherine Chen talks before St. Gallen Symposium

MANILA – Huawei’s Corporate Senior Vice President and Board of Directors Member Catherine Chen said there is a need for policymakers, regulators, and the private sector to work together and foster Public-Private Sector cooperation.

“As more devices feature connectivity, more services go online, and more critical infrastructures reply on real-time data exchanges, so must governments worldwide ensure that everyone is protected by the highest security standards. Only a common set of rules can guarantee a level of security that creates trust in technology,” Ms. Chen told the annual gather of current and future leaders from the international community.

In a statement datelined Switzerland, it was learned The St. Gallen Symposium, an annual gathering of some 1,000 participants for the three-day cross-generational dialogue at the University of St. Gallen campus, an international hub in Singapore, ten Swiss Embassies around the world and elsewhere online. It is now on its 50th year.

Ms. Chen spoke before the august crowd last Friday. She was joined by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and representatives of transnational organizations, like Chairwoman of the Swiss Digital Initiative Doris Leuthard. They exchanged views on the theme “Trust Matters,” where Huawei underscored its deep commitment.

The participants agreed that trust is inherently built on openness and transparency, and that it is time to take concrete, tangible steps to address the common challenges and risks that emerged due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public trust in political and economic institutions, emerging technologies, and the media has recently been eroded, especially among younger generations, and this has aggravated due to the prevailing contagion.

“We as members of the younger generation, are concerned to a greater number of people through social media, but this not correspond to a circle of people we can trust,” said Simon Zulliger, a member of the 35-man organization committee from the University of St. Gallen.

The organizers expressed their view that finding ways to preserve and strengthen trust is critical for sustainable recovery.

“I urge them to continue developing the positive relationships between communities, individuals, and their environments. We must build strong trust in technology, enabled by a common set of rules, innovations, and progress. Only then can we commit to the sustainable and trustworthy use of technology,” Miss Chen concluded. (Melo M. Acuña)

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