POLITICO’s first ever Global Tech Day, hosted in London, starts Thursday at 6:45 a.m. EDT.
Guests can still register for the virtual event here. The conference will explore the world’s hottest topics in the field, including the sudden explosion of artificial intelligence, future spectrum regulations and the race to dominate the technology supply chain.
Here are 5 things to watch at the summit:
Generative AI: With the EU AI Act on track to be the first international law regulating the nascent industry, one panel will focus on what guardrails on AI could look like. The panelists include Viscount Camrose, parliamentary under secretary of state and minister for AI and intellectual property in the U.K.; Dragoș Tudorache, MEP and chair of the former special committee on AI in a Digital Age at the European Parliament; Lucilla Sioli, the director for AI and digital industry within the Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission; and Stephen Almond, executive director for regulatory risk at the Information Commissioner’s Office.
U.S. senators take the stage: In Washington, D.C., lawmakers are trying to understand how AI will affect data privacy and national security. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), chair of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will join the summit in separate sessions to share their insight on how their party and their committees are thinking through AI legislation.
Children’s safety online: Speakers will discuss how new or pending online safety laws will be enforced in the EU and U.K. The panel includes Julie Inman Grant, Australia’s eSafety commissioner; executive chairperson of Ireland’s Coimisiún na Meán, Jeremy Godfrey; and the chair of the 5Rights Foundation Baroness Beeban Kidron.
The future of telecom: With 6G just years away from becoming reality, panelists will discuss taking communications infrastructure to the next level and whether mobile networks of the future will split. The panelists include Peter Stuckmann, deputy director for Future Networks at the European Commission; Per Beming, head of standard & industry initiatives at Ericsson; and Seizo Onoe, the director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union.
Geopolitics in technology: One of the biggest open questions in tech geopolitics is what it will take to decouple the global supply chain from China and bolster other countries’ positions instead. This panel will include Malaysia’s minister of communications, Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fazil; the European Commission’s director of AI and digital industry, Lucilla Sioli; senior advisor to the International Institute for Strategic Studies Nigel Inkster; and Singapore’s cybersecurity commissioner David Koh.