"[Xi's] emphasis on the importance of global cooperation in the digital realm, I think, is tremendously important. We have to make sure that the internet [and] the digital realm bring us together and not divide us, and I think that [division] is the real risk of our time."
Luigi Gambardella, Belgium, founder and president of the China EU Association for Digital [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]
I like one key word, which is more important today than in the past - cooperation. Today we need cooperation, especially international cooperation. The digital world is becoming more and more complex and important for everybody, because when we change a technology, we change a whole society and it will have impact on everybody. Cyber-governance and cyber-security are becoming more and more crucial. But there are two issues. First, in the technological aspect. I think if we work together, there's always a way to discuss and solve technological problems. Second, which is even more important, trust. The major concern today, I think, is we have to work on this aspect to see how to increase mutual trust. Trust is all about people. It's nothing to do with technology. In order to do that, we need to increase dialogue, cooperation, and links. Wuzhen is a fantastic place where we can do that. We very much welcome Xi's message, and his efforts for us to work together for a better internet and a better world."
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