Along the sidelines of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum 2023), the High-Level Policy Session 1 took place, tackling the topic of “Bridging Digital Divides.” Among the esteemed panelists was Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, chief, study groups department, standardization bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Read more: ITU Joins Discussion on Bridging Digital Divides at WSIS 2023

Exploring generative AI, this technological advancement fosters the concept of getting things done in a smarter way as it uses deep-learning models to create something new: an image, text or video. The popular ChatGPT, for example, only needs to be prompted with words or phrases, and within seconds, it delivers a human-like generated text.

Read more: Despite the Hype, ChatGPT a Flawed Concept of Language and Knowledge

During a keynote speech at the forum, H.E. Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, director general of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) said that the challenges posed by the current situations are too great to deal with in silos. He explained that if the essence of the ICT sector is to build bridges of communication between people, then we should strengthen those bridges to understand the present and shape the future.

Read more: TDRA Represents UAE at the WSIS Forum

MEF, a global industry association of network, cloud, and technology providers accelerating enterprise digital transformation, announced its first annual Global Network-as-a-Service Event (GNE), designed to showcase the latest developments and roadmaps for secure network-as-a-service (NaaS) offerings for enterprises and businesses.

Read more: MEF to Host 1st Annual Global Network-as-a-Service Event

Netflix dominates online streaming platforms despite the varying number of subscribers it has faced since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic to the present. With so many similar platforms, Netflix has nonetheless stayed ahead of the game on a global level.

Read more: Netflix on Top: Controls Global Data Traffic Across Platforms

Dubai is steadily reinforcing its position as a global hub for cutting-edge technologies and a major center for digital business models and transformational initiatives, according to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

Read more: Sheikh Hamdan Reiterates Dubai's Aim to Be Among Top 10 Digital Economies

Tech startups have received a big setback, with the biggest US bank failure since the 2008 financial crisis. The Silicon Valley Bank collapse triggered a crisis for tech startups, sounding alarm bells about a potential doomsday of mass layoffs again and the demise of hundreds of startups.

Read more: Another Tech Industry Blow: The Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank

Demonstrating the considerable impact of Saudi Arabia’s sweeping digital transformation efforts, the Kingdom’s ICT market is now the largest and fastest-growing in the Middle East and North Africa, having reached a total market size of SAR 154 billion in 2022.

Read more: ICT Indicators Forum Reveals Saudi ICT Market as Largest in the MENA Region

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