The digital revolution is transforming all the aspects of business and society. The internet has been a principal contributor to evolution and growth in the global economy over the past decades. It continues to have the potential to propel societies, help business leaders develop innovative business models, and help governments address legitimate policy concerns related to a networked future as long as the essential integrity of the digital ecosystem remains intact.
Modern technologies are dramatically altering today’s industries. Despite the opportunities digitization provides in terms of value and efficiency when it comes to communication, implementing it is also a source of major risk and uncertainty, leaders are grappling with the strategic implications of these transformations for their enterprises, ministries and ecosystems and urgently need reference models and architectural structures that would enable them to collaborate on national and transnational policy aspects.
The World Economic Forum is proposing the creation of a National Digital Policy (NDP) Network. This Network will promote subsidiarity and multistakeholder collaboration in the design of local policies and practices to grow regional/national digital economies and increase societal trust in the digital world. The Network, with participants from governments, private sector, tech community, civil society, foundations and academia, will start with research and knowledge efforts on existing successful national digital governance models.
Based on the research, this Network will promote the success of existing national digital structures around the world. It will highlight their role in growing trusted national digital economies by providing policy structures and frameworks that deals with digital issues at the national level. The network will provide knowledge and resources that can be used by countries to create their own National Digital Councils (NDC), which, like existing successful structures, will benefit from the participation of government, private sector, tech community, civil society, foundations and academia and will result in a governance policy structure that will tackle digital issues at the national level. Interested countries can then chose a best fit model based on local requirements and adopt their own National Digital Councils that are congruent with transnational policies. Where necessary, these Councils will also support regional needs and will aid collaboration efforts among neighboring countries.