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The Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) meeting was held at the OECD on 17-18 November 2016. Overall, the meeting provided plenty of food for thought and a glimpse that there is a lot to build on in the future. Participants were engaged, eager to contribute, and presented lots of useful views.


Vivid discussions were had on technology that is quickly coming on the radar screen, possible policy ramifications, work areas to dive in, as well as preparation needed to manage the evolution of daily routines and activities. Accountability and ethics involved in artificial intelligence (AI) also generated a lot of discussionMr. Susumu Hirano, Faculty of Policy Studies/Professor, Dean, Graduate School of Policy Studies, Chuo University presented the bridge problem in which a school bus suddenly enters into the autonomous vehicle’s (AV)’s lane. Suppose that the AV has only two choices: 1 – to go straight and kill 30-40 children and one driver in the school bus; or 2 – to turn right and kill the occupant of the AV. The manufacturer might prefer (1), while utilitarians might recommend (2). Since opinions remain divided, this shows a lot of thought needs to go into this moral dilemma.


Another important function of the meeting is the ability to meet and network with fellow delegates at the sidelines, where delegates can continue informal discussions. Contributions of Malaysia in digital economy were acknowledged by delegates such as Mme. Nevine M. Tewfik, Director, Policies, Studies and Strategic Planning Unit, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Arab Republic of Egypt, who was impressed with the remarkable experience and progress in digital economy of our country. As Malaysia had hosted the 11th ITU symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change in April 2016, the hospitality of Malaysia, expertise, and ability to convene successful events were also praised.