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New regulatory frontiers for digital transformation to be examined at ITU global symposium

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Geneva, 30 May 2018

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are transforming the world's digital landscape, offering an expanding number of social and economic opportunities. With this digital transformation come new regulatory decision-making needs. These new regulatory frontiers for digital transformation will be the focus of a gathering of regulators, policy makers, industry leaders and other ICT stakeholders, taking place in Geneva, 9-12 July 2018.

With the theme New Regulatory Frontiers, the 18th edition of ITU's Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-18) will foster dynamic dialogue through the sharing of participants' perspectives and experiences. New tools, resources, reports will be launched at GSR-18. This will include the annual Best Practice Guidelines, which regulators from all regions shape, and which are used to establish a new annual international benchmark.

Media are invited to attend the symposium's opening and closing sessions, as well as several special events including a pre-opening event on 9 July: Global Dialogue on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Cybersecurity: Policy and regulatory challenges and opportunities. (More information on other special events open to media will be shared in June).

Prior media registration/accreditation is essential to gain access to the event to meet security protocols. UN press accreditation is valid, though UN-accredited media should confirm their intention to attend this event to   


WHAT: ITU Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-18), New Regulatory Frontiers – the only annual international gathering of telecom industry and ICT regulators.  

Key thematic issue to be focused on include:
  • Emerging technologies for digital transformation
  • Artificial intelligence for development
  • ICT Regulatory Tracker – evolution of regulation
  • Achieving new sustainable private-public investment models

WHY: Regulatory agency leaders and top government policymakers from around the world will examine how the world's digital transformation is impacting all aspects of our daily lives as consumers, businesses and citizens, and extending regulatory frontiers beyond traditional telecommunications/ICT regulation. New guidelines, benchmarks, tools, resources, reports will be launched at the event – offering news opportunities for media covering development, policy, regulatory affairs, economic, telecom, 'tech for good' and business issues.

WHEN: 9-12 July 2018, 9:30 AM to 5 PM daily

WHERE: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland

WHO: Leaders from the global regulatory community, industry bodies and the private sector. +45 confirmed speakers to date.

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