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Future of the Connected World

Mobilising global action to create a connected future for all

In the midst of political and social unrest, decreasing trust and global instability, the world requires a Great Reset to identify the systemic challenges we face and create solutions for a more resilient, equitable, sustainable and connected world. The Future of the Connected World initiative is one small step in realising this vision.

The initiative consists of two elements: the State of the Connected World Report and Global Action Plan. Our Roadmap sets out this vision and our approach for tracking progress.

The report identifies the top challenges and opportunities for the internet of things, and the global action plan brings together world-leading initiatives to help solve these challenges, realise the potential of IoT and build a connected world that benefits all.

"We must come together and act now to ensure IoT technologies become a force for shared societal benefit, as opposed to exacerbating existing inequalities."

—Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Republic of South Africa

The five action areas

We identified five critical areas for change based on the State of the Connected World report

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World leading initiatives

The action plan brings together more than three dozen initiatives from across the world to drive impact

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Everyone is invited to take action

No matter if you are a business, NGO or individual, everyone can contribute to the action plan

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State of the Connected World

Spurred by continued technological advancement, the world today is more connected than ever. This presents a tremendous opportunity to build a more sustainable and prosperous future for all, but it also introduces new risks and governance challenges in areas such as security, privacy and the fair distribution of benefits.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has made this abundantly clear. COVID-19 has highlighted the essential role the internet of things (IoT) has come to play in our lives. IoT applications such as connected thermal cameras, contact tracing devices and health-monitoring wearables are providing critical data needed to help fight the disease while temperature sensors and parcel tracking will help ensure that sensitive COVID-19 vaccines are distributed safely. Yet the use of IoT in fighting the pandemic has also shed light on concerns about its security, privacy, interoperability and equity.

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