Mr. Gurry emphasized the need to take care of the precious resource that is the internet – and highlighted WIPO’s role in the growing digital economy, including in encouraging innovation and cultural creativity through intellectual property policy.
ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson reflects on how COVID-19 has underscored the importance of cybersecurity in the digital economy - and what can be done to strengthen it during and after the pandemic.
Despite this enormous growth, however, nearly half of the world’s people are still not using the Internet and so unable to reap many of the benefits of today’s digital economy. Even worse, Internet user growth rates in developing countries are slowing.
More than half the world is now online for the first time ever. This is a significant step towards a more inclusive digital economy. But as information and communication technologies (ICTs) become stitched into the fabric of our daily work and lives, the exponential increase in personal, business and government data flowing across the internet and between devices is exposing us to an ever-widening range of cyber threats.