WION captures the pulse of Global Technology Summit 2023’s discourse on Technology, Geopolitics, and DPI Implementation

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WION captures the pulse of Global Technology Summit 2023’s discourse on Technology, Geopolitics, and DPI Implementation
WION captures the pulse of Global Technology Summit 2023’s discourse on Technology, Geopolitics, and DPI Implementation

The Global Technology Summit serves as a prominent platform that convenes industry experts, policymakers, scientists, and diverse stakeholders worldwide to engage in insightful deliberations on the evolving intersection of technology and geopolitics. In a particular session captured by WION, the focus shifts towards a critical examination of the role of technology.

Here are some of the key highlights:

Private Sector Adoption: Initially, parts of the private sector faced challenges in understanding and adopting the concept of Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI). However, significant buy-in has now occurred, paving the way for discussions on responsible and safe implementation.

Global Campaigns: There are ongoing global campaigns for DPI implementation, with a focus on making the process frictionless and accessible to numerous countries. The discussion revolves around how to promote and disseminate DPI to 50 or 100 countries.

Addressing local needs: A critical aspect discussed is the need to balance the global application of DPI with local considerations. Some countries express a desire for capacity, capability, and job creation, posing a challenge that goes beyond the technical aspects addressed in the paper.

Political and human resource challenges: Political and human resource aspects come into play when countries aim not just to adopt DPI but also to build in-house capabilities and generate jobs. This adds a layer of complexity beyond the technical implementation.

Job Creation: While DPI provides the underlying building blocks, the focus shifts from supply-side job creation to demand-side. Emphasis is placed on building local capacity, fostering innovation, and creating opportunities for startups and solution providers.

Opex vs. Capex model: Contrary to the misconception that DPI must follow an Operational Expenditure (Opex) model, it is clarified that countries can choose to remain in a Capital Expenditure (Capex) model if their procurement preferences align with upfront licensing.

Myths: Addressing prevalent myths, it is emphasized that DPI doesn’t have to be Opex, and it is amenable to various contexts, with approximately 80% of DPI fitting easily into different scenarios.

Standardization and customization: Foundational DPIs can be standardized and packaged, but challenges arise when dealing with sector-specific DPIs. Balancing between a product approach and a service approach becomes crucial, especially when customization is necessary.

Global perspective: The evolving understanding of how to balance standardization and customization is a key consideration.

Economic scale: The concept of in-a-box approach is highlighted, indicating that if a solution can be packaged, it enhances the ability to go global and capitalize on the economics of scale.

Local involvement: The importance of involving the local economy, startup ecosystem, and talent in the DPI implementation process is underscored. Striking a balance between global standards and local customization is a challenge that needs to be navigated.

These key highlights encapsulate the discussions around DPI, covering technical, political, economic, and societal aspects, providing a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities associated with its implementation.