The Information Technology community transforms the way people live and work, shaping leaders’ ability to understand and maximize the social and economic opportunities offered by the digital society.This community is a high-level group of peers dedicated to ensuring the long-term sustainability of their industry and society.
Industry agendaThe Information Technology Governors define the industry agenda. The group, comprising chief executives and chairs from partner organizations, closely align the agenda with related System Initiatives. The Governors identified three priority challenges for 2017: IT industry jobs and skills; policy to govern the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and building trust and increasing cyber-risk awareness. The Forum is addressing these challenges through a number of projects and activities: 1. IT industry jobs and skills The IT Skills Initiative aims to centralize the education and skills training that IT companies have developed to prepare individuals for the digital workplace. This consolidation is intended to strengthen efforts to help individuals understand the changing employment landscape and acquire the skills needed for new opportunities. The IT Governors agreed on the IT Skills Initiative concept at the Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos-Klosters. It forms part of the industry’s efforts to demonstrate responsible and responsive leadership along with collective action to prepare individuals to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 2. Policy to govern the Fourth Industrial Revolution The IT community is conducting a scoping exercise with the intent of developing the new policy frameworks needed to govern data flows, data ownership, sovereignty and portability. A new digital policy community will develop these frameworks, building on the Forum’s strength in aggregating information and identifying transformations in the digital ecosystem. 3. Trust and resilience The Cyber Resilience project aims to improve systemic cybersecurity and resilience by helping governments and businesses improve their internal governance. It will achieve this by:
- Examining cross-cutting leadership, governance, regulatory and liability challenges relating to networked technology risks
- Creating partnerships, principles, frameworks and tools to meet these challenges and foster public-private and cross-sector cooperation
The Digital Identity
project aims to develop a digital identity system that supports the movement of people, goods, funds and data by authenticating people, devices and other entities. It will achieve this by convening public and private sector stakeholders to identify the common requirements, principles, mechanisms and governance regimes needed to support universal digital identity programmes.