Singapore fact-finding Trust Tech Mission: Building Digital Trust Collaboration
The Dutch Blockchain Coalition, together with 13 other organizations in both public and private sectors embarked on a fact-finding mission during the Singapore International Cyber Week #SICW 17-19 October 2023. Over the course of three days, they explored avenues for Trust Tech partnerships between The Netherlands and Singapore. Key highlights include discussions with the Singaporean triple helix, focusing on Trust Tech applications such as Decentralized Tech for Identities, Responsible AI, and Forensic Copilot. Read below the summary of our visit.
The Trust Tech fact-finding mission took place during the Singapore International Cyber Week, with a focus on digital innovation and building digital trust. Singapore has a well-thought-out long-term plan for its development and digital transformation, with large-scale whole-of-government programs in place to achieve digital embedding based on the Smart Nation vision. The mission involved strategic discussions with Singaporean organizations such as Nanyang Technological University Singapore, IMDA, i-Sprint Innovations, Tau Express, and HTX, focusing on practical solutions, research challenges, and mechanisms to translate outcomes into societal and economic impact. Key takeaways from the mission include the importance of active collaboration between government, academia, and the private sector in building digital trust, the shared benefits and challenges in developing and implementing trust tech despite the distance, and the need for collaboration and interoperability in trust tech.
The mission brought together experts from 14 organizations, both public and private, including Topsector ICT, Security Delta (HSD), Nederlandse AI Coalitie | NL AIC, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Ministry of Justice and Security, dcypher, KPMG, Netherlands Forensic Institute NFI, INTERPOL Innovation Centre Directorate, TNO & Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and National Cyber Security Centre. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore provided tremendous support during the mission, and the participants aim to drive the trust tech partnership to the next level and harvest benefits in Singapore and the Netherlands.
Want to know what we learned per day? Read below!
Summary 17-19 October
Day 1: Digital Transformation Vision Unveiled
The kick-off of our fact-finding Trust Tech mission during the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW)! We were inspired by Singapore's well-thought-out long-term plan for the country's development, mirroring the approach taken in the digital transformation journey. Large-scale programs, such as the Digital Trust Centre (DTC) at Nanyang Technological University Singapore and AI Verify by IMDA, were introduced. These initiatives aim to strengthen Singapore's position as a trusted hub in the digital economy. The stage was set for a week of building bridges with Triple Helix partners as we explored potential synergies in advancing Digital Trust.
Day 2 in Singapore: Advancing Digital Trust through Collaboration
Our second day in Singapore was dedicated to digital innovation. We visited NCS Group, where we learned about their global expansion goals and shared a common mission to use technology to drive progress and unite communities, all in the pursuit of Digital Trust and the Digital Economy. The day included a workshop on Digital Trust led by Nanyang Technological University Singapore and KPMG, with a focus on practical solutions using Trust Technology to address common digital trust challenges. This collaboration built upon work with the World Economic Forum to create a global framework for Digital Trust. The evening brought pleasant connections with the Dutch community in Singapore at the Dutch Embassy, reinforcing the importance of digital trust and the partnership between the Netherlands and Singapore.
Day 3 in Singapore: Trust Tech Collaboration Reaches New Heights
The final day of our Trust Tech fact-finding mission in Singapore was marked by a deep dive into Trust Tech innovation. The focus was on practical solutions, relevant research challenges, and mechanisms to translate outcomes into societal and economic impact. We engaged in strategic discussions with the Singaporean triple helix, highlighting Trust Tech applications like Decentralized Tech for Identities, Responsible AI, Forensic copilots with GenAI, MPC to support AML measures, and PETs for secure health analytics. The day's key takeaways emphasized the vital role of active collaboration between government, academia, and the private sector in building Digital Trust. Despite the geographical distance, common benefits and challenges were shared in developing and implementing Trust Tech. Collaboration and interoperability were seen as the driving forces behind our shared digital trust ambitions.
We returned to The Netherlands feeling inspired and ready to follow-up on our newly made connections and partnerships!
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