Research Network Participation at World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos

Prianka Srinivasan — January 29, 2017

At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Network chair Beth Simone Noveck and Network member Sir Tim Berners-Lee took part in a number of sessions, including the “Shaping Davos” event, focusing on how technology can help to solve global problems. Both spoke about meeting the challenges facing a more globalized and dynamic internet environment, along with the great potentials new internet technologies hold.

Berners-Lee emphasized the need to counter cyber abuse in a nuanced yet powerful way: “Sir Tim Berners-Lee told the BBC that those who ‘make life absolutely miserable’ for women on the net should be named so they could be sued…offenders must be ‘judged by an open, accountable judicial process.’”

Among other engagements, Noveck tackled the question “How can emerging economies lead the way on embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution to catalyse sustainable growth and inclusion?” The session was developed with the Global Shapers Community, focusing on global issues and local solutions. It is part of a series of live events connecting to 16 cities worldwide.

View the WEF agenda and presentations here.

Read more about Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s participation here.