Technology has the potential to lift people out of poverty, propel rights of expression, drive economic growth, and facilitate sustainability. Yet, while technology contributes to defining the winners and losers of tomorrow, it also risks enhancing inequality between countries, regions and individuals. Technology and social media can also be used to propagate hatred and misinformation, data leaks and privacy scandals or even human rights violations and incitement of violence, as was the case during the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar in 2017 (in the margins of TechFestival, the Danish Government brings together a select group of high-level representatives to initiate dialogue on Myanmar). Denmark has elevated technology to a foreign policy priority and taken a front-runner role in technological diplomacy (TechPlomacy), spearheaded by appointing the world’s 1st Tech Ambassador, Casper Klynge (DK).
Join us, when the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs zooms out to look at the global perspective on a digital world order, technology’s impact on international relations and the importance of promoting social responsibility and a rights-based approach to technology, alongside him will be United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore.
Kate Gilmore (AUS)
Ms Gilmore was appointed United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on December 1st 2015. She brings to the position diverse and longstanding experience in strategic leadership and human rights advocacy with the United Nations, government and non-government organisations. Previously she was National Director of Amnesty International Australia and then Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International.
Ms. Gilmore started her career as a social worker and government policy officer in Australia. She helped establish Australia’s first Centre Against Sexual Assault at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital and her work over a number of years focused on prevention of violence against women. In Australia, she was granted honorary appointments to provincial and national public policy and law reform processes, including membership of the country’s first National Committee on Violence Against Women.
Since 2017, Casper Klynge is the world’s first Tech Ambassador. On a global mandate by the Danish Government, he is located in Silicon Valley with teams in Copenhagen and Beijing liaising with the tech industry. Before that, he was the Ambassador of Denmark to Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea & ASEAN and the Republic of Cyprus and worked in several senior management positions for the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and NATO.
Michael Jarlner (DK)
Michael is International Editor, Tech Editor and leading writer with Danish newspaper Politiken. He holds an MA in politics and maintains a (more or less) passionate relationship with algorithms, big data, robots and AI. Previously, he was stationed in Russia as foreign corrspondent, and frequently appears on TV and radio and at conferences. He does cross-collaborations with the World Economic Forum and is a regular at The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Michael is also a published author and contributing writer for several publications on foreign affairs and policy. He’s a fellow with Impact Journalism, an international collaboration based in Paris that works to promote solutions-based ‘contructive journalism’.
Techplomacy at Techfestival
15:00 – 16:00 Foreign Policy, Tech and Rights in the Digital Age.
15:00 . 15:45 Can Europe Succeed in an Increasingly Bipolar World?
12:30 – 13:00 Cybersecurity: Should We Be Afraid, or Very Afraid?
14:15 – 14:45 Techplomacy Talk LIVE: Quantum computing meets geopolitics.