The 11th Asian Conference of the Valdai Club, titled “Russia and Asia After the Pandemic”, took place on December 9 and was open to the media. The participants of the second session discussed the main directions of development of the world of information and communication technologies and the strategies of countries as part of a new global tech competition.
The ongoing development of competing tech platforms is replacing expectations of a holistic world of information and communication. The most convincing examples of such new centres of power today are the United States and China. But there is a number of other states, including in Asia, which can aspire for autonomy and have the scientific and technological potential to achieve it. The session’s purpose was to discuss the main directions of development of the world of information and communication technologies, the strategies of countries as part of a new global competition and possible disruptive innovations in this sphere. The central question of the session, posed to all the participants, was whether a diversity of tech platforms is an inevitable alternative of a holistic world or it simply creates new development opportunities for individual countries and regions.
- Kim Heungchong, President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
- Latha Reddy, Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace; Deputy National Security Advisor of India (2011 – 2013); Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation
- Shen Yi, Director, Center for Global Cyberspace Governance Studies Fudan University
- Ruslan Yunusov, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Quantum Center, Head of the Project Office on Quantum Technologies, Rosatom State Corporation