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The Sydney Dialogue 2021

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Background

In 2020 the Australian Strategic Policy Institute established The Sydney Dialogue: the world’s premier summit on emerging, critical & cyber technologies.

Announced by the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, this annual high-level dialogue - to be hosted by ASPI - will fill an important gap for global political and technology leaders.

It will provide a forum to discuss the most pressing technology policy challenges, to set out red lines, share forefront thinking, telegraph major developments or shifts in policy. It aims to be a conversation where every word matters.

There is a pressing need for the world’s top political and technology leaders to come together and work towards common understandings of challenges and policy responses.

The Sydney Dialogue is being established in recognition of the fact that state practice and the pace of technological development is significantly outstripping formal multilateral processes.

Priorities

The invitation-only event will become an annual dialogue bringing together political, business and government leaders with the world’s best strategic thinkers to debate policy, generate new ideas and work towards common understandings of the opportunities and challenges posed by emerging, critical and cyber technologies.

Debates are taking place in silos—for example, on artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, space technologies and the future of cyberspace—and tend to be limited to particular regions around the world

The Sydney Dialogue is being designed to fill a critical gap, encourage global discourse and policymaking into a new, more forward-leaning phase. It is designed to become a place where the world can anticipate and respond to the complicated challenges and immense opportunities presented by the increasingly complex advances in technology.

The program

The Sydney Dialogue will be an opportunity to have three key elements delivered over two days in person and online:

THE LANDMARK ADDRESSES

A number of presentations will be delivered by world leaders, and recognised experts from business, government, civil society and technology. These will be a mix of short, public elements broadcast by media partners, followed by in-depth, private discussions.

CLOSED ROOM DISCUSSIONS

A number of closed room discussions for sector leaders on the challenges facing them will be arranged.

VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLES

Small-group, secure, virtual roundtables on more sensitive topics or more limited in scope, that will not be accessible to all delegates. The full program is in development and will be released shortly.

Indo-Pacific focus

The Sydney Dialogue will be global in outlook, and will focus on the Indo-Pacific. Each year it will tackle different themes and it will occasionally also prioritise certain countries or regions. In 2021 India will be a core focus.

Delegates

This invitation-only gathering will involve up to 400 delegates including top policy makers, technology leaders, thinkers in the technology field, politicians, leaders in civil society, CEOs of major technology companies and business leaders.

Invitations will be extended to delegates from around the world to join us as guests of ASPI, with the priority being given to those in the Indo-Pacific region.

Timing

It is proposed that The Sydney Dialogue will be held in November, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Dialogue will be available online for delegates unable to join the conversation in person.

The number of places available for delegates wishing to join in person will be informed by the Covid-19 restrictions observed by the NSW Government.

Location

The Sydney Dialogue will be hosted at a venue in Sydney and on a secure online platform. The public program will be broadcast on social media to a global audience.

More information

For additional information, please contact us at [email protected]

ADF

Australian Defence Force

ACSC

Australian Cyber Security Centre

IEC

the International Electrotechnical Commission

IEEE

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IoT

Internet of Things

IoTAA

Internet of Things Alliance Australia

ISO

International Organisation for Standardization

USB

universal serial bus

IIOT

Industrial Internet of Things

ASD

Australian Signals Directorate

CCP

Chinese Communist Party

MERICS

Mercator Institute for China Studies

PRC

Peoples Republic of China

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virtual private network

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Artificial Intelligence

SCS

Social Credit System

BRI

One Belt, One Road initiative

CETC

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

NGO

nongovernment organisation

RFID

radio-frequency identification

CFIUS

Committee on Foreign Investment in the US

SVAIL

Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

UTS

University of Technology Sydney

ATO

Australian Taxation Office

COAG

Council of Australian Governments

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Department of Human Services

DTA

Digital Transformation Agency

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Face Identification Service

FVS

Face Verification Service

TDIF

Trusted Digital Identity Framework

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National University of Defense Technology

PLAIEU

PLA Information Engineering University

RFEU

Rocket Force Engineering University

STEM

science, technology, engineering and mathematics

UNSW

University of New South Wales

ZISTI

Zhengzhou Information Science and Technology Institute

AFP

Australian Federal Police

ACIC

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

A4P

Action for Peacekeeping

ASEAN

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

C-34

Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations

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Peacekeeping Training Centre (Timor-Leste)

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Timor-Leste Defence Force

MFO

Multinational Force and Observers

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UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

MINUSMA

UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

MONUSCO

UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Papua New Guinea Defence Force

PNTL

National Police of Timor-Leste

RAMSI

Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

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Republic of Fiji Military Forces

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Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

RSIPF

Royal Solomon Islands Police Force

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UN Assistance Mission for Iraq

UNAMID

UN–African Union Mission in Darfur

UNAMIR

UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda

UNAVEM

UN Angola Verification Mission

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UN Disengagement Observer Force

UNIFIL

UN Interim Force in Lebanon

UNIKOM

UN Iraq–Kuwait Observation Mission

UNIOGBIS

UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office for Guinea-Bissau

UNISFA

UN Interim Security Force for Abyei

UNOSOM

UN Operation in Somalia

UNMHA

UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement

UNMIBH

UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina

UNMIK

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIL

UN Mission in Liberia

UNMIS

UN Mission in Sudan

UNMISET

UN Mission of Support to East Timor

UNMISS

UN Mission in South Sudan

UNMIT

UN Integrated Mission in East Timor

UNOTIL

UN Office in East Timor

UNSMIS

UN Supervision Mission in Syria

UNTAC

UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia

UNTAES

UN Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium

UNTAET

UN Transitional Administration in East Timor

UNTSO

UN Truce Supervision Organization