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The global digital transformation is likely to spark unprecedented changes in how we work and interact, and how our societies are governed. Tools like open data, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and more sophisticated digital technologies promise to make businesses and services radically smarter, more efficient, and cheaper. At their best, these tools belong to the future: sophisticated algorithms already make shopping recommendations, provide legal advice, detect diseases, and drive cars.

The risks, however, are many. Algorithms may be used to entrench the biases of the people who design them. This is especially troublesome when applied to things like social services or criminal sentencing – even more so in countries with deep ethnic divides. When in the wrong hands, new technologies may also curb human rights. Add to this the difficulties of protecting personal data and ensuring national security, and rapid advancements in digital technologies become a very tricky issue to tackle.

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