The digital nature of today’s world has brought about significant changes in business models, technology enablers and customer expectations. Amidst all these rapid changes, if there is one thing that has remained constant, it is the need for trust. We believe that trust, transparency and technology belong together. But as digitalization accelerates, it is getting more and more difficult to understand what’s happening with our data. Algorithms and other digital tools operate in the background and can leave us feeling insecure when using digital services.
In order to be trustworthy, technology must be secure and responsibly used. An initiative has been taken in Switzerland to establish the Swiss Digital Initiative (SDI) and create a foundation as a long-term, sustainable process to safeguard ethical standards in the digital world through concrete projects. Over the past two years, SDI has developed a Digital Trust Label for digital responsibility with partners such as EPFL. The label is intended to give users more transparency and information in four categories: security, data protection, reliability of the service and fair user interaction. At the same time, the label should also guarantee a certain standard, which will be verified by means of an independent audit.
On June 21, SDI will partner with Swissnex in China – the Science Consulate of Switzerland – in order to bring together academic and industry experts from both Switzerland and China and enable a dialogue on the definition of digital trust. Participants will map stakeholders’ responsibilities in different cultural and economic contexts and explore solutions that improve trust in digital technologies and in the actors involved in the ongoing digital transformation.
15:00 – 15:05
Welcome & Opening
15:05 – 15:20
Swiss Digital Initiative of Digital Trust Label, Digital Trust Framework, and Expectations for the Event
Nicolas Zahn, Senior Project Manager, Swiss Digital Initiative
Digital Trust Label, Use-Case for Businesses
Martin Rajman, Executive Director, Nano-tera.ch & Senior Scientist, EPFL
Nikki Böhler, Director, opendata.ch
15:20 – 15:30
The Landscape of Digital Risk/Trust Services in China
George Lu, Mainland China and Hong Kong, Digital Trust & Risk – Digital Trust and Analytics Leader, PwC China
15:30 – 16:20
Bilateral Panel Discussion
Swiss Panelists + Chinese Panelists
16:20 – 16:30
SDI / Swissnex
Speakers and Panelists
Nicolas ZahnSenior Project Manager, Swiss Digital Initiative
Nicolas Zahn works as Senior Project Manager at the Swiss Digital Initiative where he manages projects on AI ethics and Corporate Digital Responsibility as well as the governance of the Digital Trust Label. He previously worked as an IT Consultant mainly for the Public Sector and was a Mercator Fellow where he worked on the Digital Transformation of the Public Sector at the OECD and other Think-Tanks in Singapore and Estonia. He studied international affairs in Zürich, Geneva and Washington D.C.
George LuMainland China and Hong Kong, Digital Trust & Risk – Digital Trust and Analytics Leader, PwC China
George is the Digital Trust & Analytics leader in PwC China, based in Shanghai with over 16 years of experience. He also co-leads the Digital Intelligence Centre of Excellence across Mainland China/ Hong Kong. George has extensive experience in conducting big data analytics and visualisation, data mining, data modelling and AI (e.g., machine learning, IoT, AR/ VR, etc), process analytics, digital transformation, project assurance, data privacy and governance, media assurance and advisory, IT strategy, IT governance and information security review. He has also provided internal audit and internal control consulting, C-SOX audit and consulting, PN 21 internal control consulting and business process restructure consulting services for a lot of listed companies in China and overseas, state-owned enterprises and joint ventures. George’s key areas of expertise include retail and consumers, TMT, pharmaceuticals, automotive and financial services industries. He applies such as data analytics and other digital techniques to traditional financial, operational and risk control work, to establish an “end-to-end” consulting solution meeting clients’ business needs.
Martin RajmanExecutive Director, Nano-tera.ch & Senior Scientist, EPFL
EPFL is a Swiss leading research institution in particular for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous systems. At EPFL, Martin Rajman is the Ambassador to digitalswitzerland and a senior scientist specialized in data-driven systems and Natural Language Processing. He is the brain behind the Digital Trust Label and has been contributing to the coordination of the Label Expert Committee since the very beginning.
Nikki BöhlerDirector, opendata.ch
Opendata.ch was founded in 2011 and has since been committed to strengthening transparency, participation, and innovation in Switzerland. Opendata.ch is the Swiss Chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, that covers data literacy, data accessibility and civic engagement. She has been a Member of the Label Expert Committee from the beginning of the development of the Digital Trust Label.
Jeff CaoSenior Research Fellow, Tencent Research Institute
Jeff Cao is a Senior Research Fellow of Tencent Research Institute. He is also a Distinguished Researcher at ECUPL Digital Law Institute, a Guest Professor at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, and a member of the council of Information & Communication Law Branch of Guangdong Province Law Society. His research focuses on policy, legal, ethical, and societal issues related to frontier digital technologies and digital economy, such as AI governance and ethics, autonomous vehicle policy, platform & data governance, legal tech & digital justice, blockchain regulation, digital IP. He is a frequent speaker at top-level AI conferences, and he has published hundreds of papers and articles on top-level journals, newspapers, and media. His papers were reprinted by Chinese Social Science Digest and Renmin University of China’ Social Sciences Databases. His experience in China’s internet industry, his contact with policymakers, and his connection with academia help him see the many issues around the internet and other emerging technologies from a holistic and systematic way.
Weiwen DuanDirector and Professor of the Department of Philosophy of Science and Technology in the Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
Prof. Duan Weiwen, Director of the Research Center for Science, Technology and Society, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). His research fields include philosophy of science, philosophy of technology and ethics of science and technology.