Malta among three European countries invited by Macron for technology summit
PM Joseph Muscat said that the great developments which are being carried out in technology are not only related to financial services such as blockchain and cryptocurrency, but also in the way we fight the spread of misinformation which is a crucial issue that threatens democracy. Dr Muscat also spoke about the work of the Maltese Government in this regard during a debate which was held in Paris on the invitation of French President, Emanuel Macron.
The great strides which Malta is making in exploiting technological changes to be among the first in the world to introduce laws to the systems which are changing the traditional way in which business is done and how information is shared, have led President Macron to invite Dr Muscat to the Elysee Palace together with UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to share Malta’s experience with entrepreneurs and leading activists in the digital sector.
The PM said, “we are very grateful to the French Government that we are among the few Governments, along with those of Belgium and Switzerland, to have been invited on an individual basis, to discuss this theme. The main reason for this was the strides we have made recently, including in the field of blockchain which is drawing international attention.”
However, the PM also pointed out that digital changes do not only affect financial services but also give us an opportunity to combat fake news or misinformation which is threatening democracy and requires us to take action without there being any censorship of the Internet.
“Through technology one can try to solve this problem, which is not created by machines but by people, because it is people who have invented misinformation and are using technology, and we need to fight this by using other means of technology.”
During the debate the French President said that Governments look towards technology with an attitude of inclusion, trust and co-operation.
Later, Dr Muscat took part in another debate about digital identity in the first GovTech Summit. Among the questions he was asked was how the Maltese Government has managed to create a regulatory framework about Disruptive Ledger Technology in such an innovative and dynamic sector, with the Prime Minister saying that the Government has chosen a model based on certainty which is giving peace of mind to consumers, those who use the service and those who invest in it.