Global Governance in the Digital Age Summit

Thursday, Sep 6
08:25 — 17:00
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Global Governance in the Digital Age Summit


Summits are one-day gatherings where a diverse group of people come together to discuss the bigger picture, share insights, and challenge best practices. They are invitation-only and have limited seats, so you need to apply to join a summit.

Join us when we are zooming out to the big picture and into some of the hard but important questions of our time: Tech as a defining parameter of global affairs in the 21st century and the approach to governance at the international community level.

On behalf of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark’s (and the World’s first) Tech Ambassador, Casper Klynge, is inviting international thought leaders, experts, business representatives, civil society and researchers to re-think how we ‘think’ and ‘do’ global governance in the digital age.

The aim of the summit is to facilitate a discussion among a range of different stakeholders, with the goal of developing a set of principles on global governance in the age of tech – principles which can serve as important bottom-up input to international discussions on how to approach technology and digitalization.

The summit will revolve around four themes:

  1. Innovative and inclusive digital growth;
  2. Ethically and human rights-based use of data and technology;
  3. Security in a digitized society; and last but not least
  4. Agile global governance.

The goal is to wrap-up the discussions in an outcome-document with key pointers. Techfestival and the Tech Ambassador will as your hosts act in a facilitating role, while the outcome document will be developed and owned by participants. In other words, the summit is a public diplomacy outreach event with the purpose of providing participants with an opportunity to make their voices heard in how the international community should deal with technology in the years to come. The summit will consist of a number of smaller sessions where participants are encouraged to engage in frank discussions with the aim of formulating the principles.

  • Opening remarks by the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Opening remarks by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education and Science
  • Opening remarks by Denmark’s Tech Ambassador Casper Klynge
  • Keynote by Peggy Hicks, Director, Office of the United nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Keynote by Andrew Wyckoff, Director for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
  • Breakout # 1 Participants joins one of four ‘circles’, which will focus on one of the summit’s four themes.
  • Breakout # 2 Participants joins one of four ‘circles’, which will focus on one of the summit’s four themes.
  • Keynote by Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen, Knowledge Lead, Science and Technology Studies, World Economic Forum
  • Keynote by Amy Studdart, Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Breakout # 3 Participants joins one of four ‘circles’, which will focus on one of the summit’s four themes.
  • Breakout # 4 Participants joins one of four ‘circles’, which will focus on one of the summit’s four themes.
  • Short presentation of results of work in the four ‘circles’
  • Panel discussion where stakeholders in the global governance of tech will reflecting on the work from the circles
  • Wrap-up

Twitter, the Tech Ambassador: @DKTechAmb

#Techplomacy talk: Listen to the Tech Ambassador’s podcast series, where important stakeholders discuss the challenges and opportunities of present and future technology.

About the hosts

Casper Klynge

Since September 2017, Casper Klynge is Denmark’s & the world’s first Tech Ambassador spearheading the Government’s decision to elevate technology to a foreign policy priority as part of the ‘TechPlomacy-initiative’. Working out of Silicon Valley, Casper has a global mandate with part of his team sitting in Copenhagen and in Beijing thus rethinking the traditional understanding of a diplomatic representation. Before leading the Tech-representation, Casper served as Ambassador of Denmark to Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea & ASEAN (2014-2017) and to the Republic of Cyprus (2013-2014). Prior to that, Casper worked in several positions within the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Senior Civilian Representative / Deputy Head of NATO’s multinational Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan (2010-2011), and as Head of the European Union’s civilian crisis management mission in Kosovo (2006-2008). Mr. Klynge holds a Master degree in Political Science, and he is a 2009 Marshall Memorial Fellow.


Born and based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Techfestival is build as an open international festival platform for digital people everywhere to collaborate on the festival experience. The festival explores the impact of technology on our lives and societies.

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