In 2020 the Australian Strategic Policy Institute established The Sydney Dialogue: the world’s premier summit on emerging, critical & cyber technologies.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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28 Jan 2021