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The countdown to ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 has started! Join us online from the Opening Ceremony on 20 October to the final session on 22 October as we explore the role of digital technologies in the COVID-19 era in the first such ministerial meeting since the start of the pandemic – as well as Forum debates with regulators, ministers and industry experts, and a virtual exhibition highlighting innovation and opportunity from countries, corporates and tech SMEs around the world.

Expert speakers, international insight

Leading voices from government, regulatory bodies, industry and international organizations include:

Eugene Kaspersky,

Sunil Bharti Mittal,
Founder and Chairman,
Bharti Enterprises,

Allyson West,
Minister of Public Administration,
Trinidad and Tobago

Konstantinos Masselos,
President, Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission,

Thansamay Kommasith,
Minister of Post and Telecommunications,

Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams MP,
Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies,
South Africa

Amanda Craig,
Cybersecurity Policy,

Patricia Cooper,
Vice President, Satellite Government Affairs,


 See full speaker line-up 


Ministerial Roundtable: The role of digital technologies during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
13:00-14:45 (CEST Geneva time), 20-22 October

Digital technologies have never been more important than in these times of global crisis. How are national digital strategies changing in response – and how can the industry and international community best collaborate to speed recovery?

Bridging the broadband gap: stimulating public and private sectors to connect the unconnected
14:45-16:15 (CEST Geneva time)
, 20 October

As the pandemic has highlighted the inequalities in digital access in developed and developing markets, what are the best strategies, policies and business models for government and private sector to work together, mobilize resources, deploy networks and services and close the digital divide? 

Entering the 5G era: demand, deployment and disquiet
14:45-16:15 (CEST Geneva time), 21 October

The power of 5G to drive the digital economy and transform industry, business and societies is becoming a reality. What applications and users are driving demand and adoption, how is regulation adapting, and can governments and industry work together to address concerns on cost, privacy and exposure?

Cybersecurity and privacy solutions: safeguarding our digital world
14:45-16:15 (CEST Geneva time), 22 October

As our digital world expands and our work, study and social activities move more and more online, our vulnerability to cyber-attack is also increasing and at personal, industrial and national levels. How can cyber-hygiene measures help us, and how can government, industry and international organizations best collaborate to adopt effective, enforceable cybersecurity initiatives in the  borderless world of data?

 See our full programme 

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