The ITU Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-18) took place from 9 to 12
July in Geneva, Switzerland.
Under the theme "New Regulatory Frontiers", the symposium offered
participants the opportunity to explore how digital transformation is today
impacting all aspects of our daily lives and extending regulatory
This Global Symposium for Regulators was chaired by Sorin Grindeanu, the
President of the National Authority for Management and Regulation in
Communications (ANCOM), Romania.
GSR highlights the importance of innovative policy and regulatory
approaches to support today's digital transformation
The symposium focused on:
Emerging technologies for digital transformation;
Artificial intelligence for development;
New regulatory frontiers;
Digital identity across different platforms;
The protection of personal data in a smart data-driven economy;
New sustainable investment models.
"The message that resonates from this GSR is that innovative and regulatory
measures are needed to respond to the changing ICT landscape and to address
the need for affordable and secure access and use of digital services,"
said Brahima Sanou.
The outcome of the GSR is the "Best Practice Guidelines on New Regulatory
Frontiers". "The newly adopted guidelines will allow us to respond to the
changing landscape, to address the continuing need for secure and reliable
ICT infrastructure and affordable access to and delivery of digital
services - as well as to protect consumers and maintain trust in ICTs,"
said Mr Grindeanu.
Different meetings took place during the week:
A meeting of the Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officers held in
conjunction with the meeting of the Industry Advisory Group for
Development Issues (IAGDI);
A meeting of regulatory associations;
A thematic day about "Global Dialogue on Artificial Intelligence,
Internet of Things and Cybersecurity - Policy and regulatory
challenges and opportunities".
During the week, a new "AI for Development Series" of publications was
launched, to promote further discussion, collaboration and understanding
among policy-makers and regulators on the significance of artificial