November 27, 2019
World Frontiers Forum: The Future of Digital Identity
Located on the former border of the East and West, it was the ideal location for cultural convergence and a holistic dialogue to promote creative problem-solving. Passionate discussion between young pioneers and speakers initiated a narrative that will travel throughout the world’s most visited museums in 2020. Their goal was to highlight the intersections of our various identities and develop a global consensus on how we approach the digital future.
Here are some of the key ideas we gathered at the event:
On Digital Identity
“Identity is how we perceive others or create an image of somebody based on the ideas or information that they convey on the internet. Whether it's anonymous or non-anonymous online, you still are creating an identity of sorts... We tend to be more aware of how we are perceived online than walking around every day.”
“Most people experience their sensory environment and motor activity through the screen. If that's the case, your digital identity is your identity. Talking about the digital aspect is almost redundant.”
“I try to shift my digital identity so that people see me as a thought leader rather than being tied to a particular time in history, or limited to a role; I want to be associated with a collective network.”
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On Inequality and Inclusion
“Depending on where you're from, cultural stigmas are associated with medicine and healthcare. There are geographic differences in you microbiota too, so certain medicines work and others won't. It's really important to figure out how to build better drugs and improve healthcare - it needs to come from a place of humility. We need to listen. We're probably losing out on cool solutions.”
“For people at the bottom of the social pyramid, digital identity reveals a new social dimension where it opens and seamlessly integrates people into a global village. It erases barriers and allows people to unfold into their new environments.”
“The beauty of being an engineer is you're able to build something, see the birth, see the truth, and be proud of what you have been able to create over time. You're happy when you bring change to other places like communities and society.”
“I don't really have expertise; I have roles that change. My take on creativity comes out of intersections - I am an intersection person.”
“Human connection is the key factor that exists between the digital and physical. Social Media is evolving too superficially around the individual, rather than a connected circle. My generation wants to bring back the essence of internet: to share content that's empathetic and connects users.”
The next step for this year’s Young Convergence Pioneers is to cooperate with partners in their respective industries and governments to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This group represents the leaders who will bridge the digital divide between countries, disciplines, and inequality to empower and provide opportunities that affect our digital future. By coming together at the World Frontiers Forum conference, they explored intersections and celebrated the convergence of global ideas. It was one massive step towards fortifying a plurality of digital identities into a more decentralized, yet balanced ecosystem that propels inclusive innovation and rational integration.