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Telecom Review had the privilege of conducting an insightful interview with Sameh Sobhy, the Managing Director Middle East, Turkey & Africa at PCCW Global. Sobhy shed light on the immense impact of the Console Connect platform in facilitating seamless connectivity between regional and global customers, while highlighting the challenges and opportunities that arise. Additionally, Sobhy shared valuable insights on PCCW Global's role in supporting the digital transformation of the region's wholesale telecoms industry. Lastly, he discussed the company's targeted markets for expansion and the rationale behind their strategic choices.

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In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, Dayn Amade, CEO of Tablet Comunitario, elaborated on how the digital era has transformed various aspects of daily life. He also highlighted specific, practical telecommunication methodologies that exhibit promise in bridging the digital divide within disadvantaged communities in less developed countries. Amade further discussed the essential policy interventions necessary for policymakers to narrow the digital gap and ensure universal access to basic digital services.

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Notes from the Chief Editor

More and more cities are installing surveillance cameras with sophisticated facial recognition software, but we don’t know much about all the collected data. Where is the data stored? Who has access? What is the criteria to use it? Is it in a safe place and in safe hands?

Governments own the data, but what is the role of the software companies, the cameras providers or even the government personnel? And who is controlling the whole process?

Is analyzing every person walking in the streets or in a public area, looking at their face expressions legal or not?

Cities like London deployed hundreds of thousands facial recognition cameras that follow people from one street to another, without proper regulations to protect the privacy and security of this data.

Chinese city Shenzhen is following the same trend, and the number of cameras using FR is increasing enormously. A Chinese friend even told me that in China, they will follow you from the airport to your hotel and in every street you take.

The more advanced the technology,  the more we are lose our privacy, starting from the use of the social media to the downloaded apps in our mobiles giving authorization to app developers to access your personal information. And the worst part is that we “accept”, otherwise the app will not work.

Global regulations are urgently needed because our privacy is under threat.

The use of data collected from FR cameras, social media and apps should be protected in every country as the cyber world is now more “populated” than the real one!

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