Author: Ted Price, Assistant General Counsel, International Government Affairs
CenturyLink recently joined global policymakers and industry representatives to discuss the kinds of public policies that encourage organizations to embrace today’s digital transformation at a conference co-hosted by the United States Council for International Business, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Business at OECD.
The conference focused on the OECD’s Going Digital Project, which was launched in 2017 to help policymakers address the challenges of the digital transformation taking place around the world. The first phase of the project resulted in an OECD white paper entitled “Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives,” as well as an online Digital Toolkit, both released in March 2019.
Digital transformation is centered on emerging technology services, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. It offers increased innovation, productivity and growth, but also presents some challenges on issues related to privacy and security.
The OECD’s recently released white paper focuses on several areas that CenturyLink believes are key, including:
According to a study commissioned by CenturyLink entitled “Enterprise Digital Transformation Strategies Turning Disruption into Differentiation,” 30 percent of customers surveyed did not have a digital transformation strategy, 92 percent want third party help with their digital transformation and 40 percent consider improved cybersecurity, data privacy and system reliability as key drivers of desired digital transformation outcomes.
As the second largest provider of enterprise services in North America and one of the largest providers of internet backbone services in the world, with operations in over 60 countries, CenturyLink is well positioned to help our customers manage increasing network and IT complexity while providing a robust set of managed cybersecurity solutions to support customers’ digital transformation journey.
We look forward to continuing to work with policymakers around the globe on these important issues that have the potential to strengthen our global economy.
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