Global Technology Summit

 
 

Topic Summary

Topic: Establishing an International Regulatory Framework

Internet and technology regulation are contentious and pressing issues. Data leaks and the misuse of data have hit headlines repeatedly, and there are serious concerns about consumer privacy given the prevalence of data collection and the rise of the Internet of Things—as well as techniques to leverage technology in learning more about individual consumers. There are also burgeoning concerns about competition in the technology sector, and whether the incumbents’ data advantage is limiting the potential of new firms emerging in the sector.

Established market leaders have also aggressively acquired potential competitors and expanded horizontally, with implications around the concentration of wealth in society, fair competitive practices, and long-term rates of innovation and entrepreneurship. Regulations are diverging across regions, with the European Union being particularly aggressive—note, for instance, the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation. In China, on the other hand, the scope of the information held by technology companies is perhaps unrivaled, and tech giants are obligated to share user information with the government when requested. The United States, whose firms have been dominant, too is placing pressure on firms to protect user data and curb monopolistic behavior. This committee will critically explore these issues, and more.

Director’s Letter

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Global Technology Summit! My name is Yashvardhan M. Bardoloi, and I can’t wait to meet and work with you all as the Committee’s 2020 HMUN director.

I am a Sophomore at the College studying Applied Math and Economics, with a possible Secondary in Government or in Computer Science. I am deeply interested in a range of subjects, particularly as they pertain to questions around economics, politics, finance and society. At Harvard, I am an active member of the Parliamentary Debate team and have been part of a number of MUN conferences. I am a Teaching Fellow for Intermediate Microeconomics, and also have a professional interest in this subject: Last summer, I worked in Internet & Technology Research at Goldman Sachs. In my free time, I try to make the most of the excellent sense of community and broad range of activities at Harvard—be it at debate socials, squash games, dance shows, foosball competitions and so on. I also enjoy scenic biking/walking explorations around Cambridge/Boston, reading books and listening to podcasts, and meditating.

HMUN is one of the world’s leading MUN conferences, and attracts a diverse and talented pool of high school delegates. I am thrilled to experience a broad range of perspectives, see some highly substantive debate, and build a committee that is both entertaining and educational. MUN is a fantastic opportunity to delve into a topic and a position on that topic. Take full advantage of that stimulating challenge! But don’t forget that some of the most meaningful experiences at MUN conferences come from the interactions you have with your fellow delegates—high school MUN is where I made some of my closest friends.

Sincerely,

Yashvardhan M. Bardoloi

Director, Global Technology Summit

Harvard Model United Nations 2020