Global Forum on Technology

Announced at the December 2022 OECD Digital Economy Ministerial meeting, the OECD Global Forum on Technology will be a venue for regular in-depth dialogue to foresee and get ahead of long-term opportunities and risks presented by technology.

It will facilitate inclusive, multi-stakeholder and values-based discussions on specific technology policy topics, responding to gaps in existing fora.

Inaugural event

The Global Forum on Technology’s inaugural event took place on Tuesday, 6 June 2023 in the margins of the Meeting of the OECD Council at the Ministerial Level (MCM). The event tracked three cross-cutting themes for the development of responsible and values-based technology:

  • How can a more responsible and rights-oriented technology development and deployment be ensured?
  • How can emerging technologies foster resilient societies and better address climate change?
  • How can technology policy better anticipate and bridge digital and technological divides?

 Programme   Speaker bios    List of Heads of delegations

Policy briefs:

 Immersive technologies   Synthetic biology

Portions of the event are available for replay:

Opening remarks and High-level panel: Shaping our future at the tech frontier


Concluding discussion

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Global Forum goals

The Global Forum on Technology will act as a medium to long-term venue to engage OECD members and non-members, in dialogue with industry, trade unions, academia, civil society and technical communities. Its goals are to:

  • Foster strategic evidence-based dialogue and international cooperation, informed by external expertise and initiatives, on topics at the forefront of global digital and technology policy debate, including with a view to informing principles and approaches on the basis of shared values. 
  • Identify and analyse specific technological developments where there are gaps in existing fora, their potential societal, economic, security, and sustainability impacts and the potential implications for policy and regulatory frameworks. Specific technological developments may concern, for examples, quantum computing and synthetic biology, as well as nexus technologies and technologies that otherwise underpin the successful operation of other technologies.  
  • Explore nascent approaches to policy challenges and opportunities posed by emerging technologies and business models, including agile regulation, anticipatory policies, and holistic policy frameworks.
  • Share good practices for the governance of technologies to build trust among participants and foster common and coherent approaches based on mutual interests and democratic values. 
  • Strengthen OECD leadership in technology policy and promote the dissemination of related OECD products and perspectives to a wider audience.

Presentation of the OECD Global Forum on Technology at the Mobile World Congress 2023


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