[TechWeb] On 26 May, the Secretary-General of the United Nations said in a message to the China International Big Data Industry Expo,2019 that we must work together to ensure that big data and its generated technologies are used to improve human well-being and to minimize the risk of development, peace and security and human rights. To that end, I established the United Nations High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation to invite Mr. Ma and Ms. Melinda Gates to serve as co-chairs.
The full text of the congratulatory letter from the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the 2019 China International big data Industry Expo (source: Guiyang):
I am very happy to congratulate the 2019 China International Big Data Industry Expo. Big data and its application in the field of artificial intelligence have great potential for accelerating the achievement of sustainable development goals. From medicine to transportation to agriculture, big data provides the world with an excellent tool for global progress.
However, big data brings opportunities as well as risks. Algorithms can help discover who will benefit from new medical diagnoses, but may also be used to violate privacy and human rights. Drone technology can help farmers use specific pesticides to increase production, but it can also be applied to deadly automatic weapon systems, which we cannot accept.
We must work together to ensure that big data and the technologies generated are used to enhance human well-being and minimize their risks to development, peace, security and human rights.
To this end, I established the United Nations High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation and invited Mr. Ma Yun and Ms. Melinda Gates to serve as co-chairs. The team consults with people and organizations around the world and will submit a final report next month. I look forward to reading and thinking about the analysis of the group together to create a proud digital world and pass it on to our children and grandchildren.
I sincerely wish the 2019 China International big data Industrial Expo fruitful results.
Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
May 26, 2019