AIT to host forum on information security cooperation in Taiwan

08/04/2020 06:00 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) A 5G Policy Forum will be held on Aug. 26 at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei to discuss the deepening of U.S.-Taiwan information security, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced on its Facebook page Tuesday.

The forum, organized by AIT and the American Innovation Center, will start at 2 p.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. when a joint statement is expected to be issued, according to the event itinerary.

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), National Communications Commission (NCC) Chairperson Chen Yaw-shyang (陳耀祥) and AIT Director Brent Christensen will deliver the opening remarks, the itinerary showed.

A panel discussion titled "5G Policy and Democratic Internet Governance" will follow, with NCC Commissioner Yaeli Sun (孫雅麗) as its moderator.

Special guests from the Executive Yuan, the Legislative Yuan, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and telecom players Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile will join the discussion.

According to AIT, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, which will form the backbone of future economies and public services, has incredible potential but brings significant risk.

"Countries must take action now to safeguard their emerging 5G networks, because the stakes could not be higher," it warned.

AIT represents American interests in Taiwan.

Taiwan and the United States have been increasing cooperation in the fields of information security and digital economy in recent years.

In 2015, 2016 and 2019, the Taiwan-U.S. Digital Economy Forum (DEF) was held alternately in Taipei and Washington D.C., to allow officials from both countries to exchange views on relevant issues.

In November 2019, Taiwan and the U.S. co-hosted the first-ever international cyber exercises in Taipei to combat the growing number of global cyberattacks.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim)

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